SALISBURY, Md. – Capital University's softball team took part in the first day of the Sea Gull Classic Tournament, competing twice against No. 11 Salisbury University. In game one, the Crusaders were unable to keep the Sea Gull's at bay, allowing five runs in the final inning. Salisbury's success at the plate carried over into game two, as the Sea Gulls scored multiple runs in all but one inning.
Game 1 – Capital 1, Salisbury 10 (6 innings)
It was a defensive contest throughout the first three innings as Salisbury (8-3) held a 1-0 lead, following a base hit RBI from outfielder LeAnne Collins.
Senior catcher Paige Knussman broke the game open in the fourth stanza with her fourth home run of the season. The homer earned her three RBIs, scoring teammates Molly Simpson and Collins.
Salisbury's best inning was in the sixth as it recorded five runs on five hits. The inning was capitalized by a grand slam from Kim Dorsey on the game's final pitch.
Capital recorded just four hits with a single RBI and struck out six times.
Bree Kilgus (Grove City, Ohio) threw every pitch, allowing 13 hits.
Game 2 – Capital 1, Salisbury 13 (5 innings)
Errors plagued Capital, allowing the Sea Gulls to get off to a fast start with eight runs in the first three innings. The scoring began with a Capital fielding error, that allowed Collins to score and Dorsey to reach first. Katie Sebbane followed with a single down the left line to score Annah Brittingham from second base.
Hurst once again took advantage of an opportunity as she connected with the softball, sending it over the left-center fence for a homer.
After a four-run inning by the Sea Gulls, Dorsey hit her second grand slam of the day to score the game's last four runs.
The Crusaders managed four hits while committing just as many errors.
Junior pitcher Amber Martinelli (Allison Park, Pa.) received action for the first time this season, pitching two innings.
The Crusaders will wrap up play in Maryland with a doubleheader against Lynchburg College. The first pitch is slated for 10 a.m.