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Salisbury Softball clinches top seed in CAC tournament

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SALISBURY, MD – The No. 4 Salisbury University softball team ended its 2013 regular season with a sweep of Capital Athletic Conference foe Frostburg State University at the SU Softball Field on Saturday afternoon. The Sea Gulls scored 25 runs in the doubleheader off 24 hits and four home runs while SU's pitching staff blanked the Bobcats allowing just six hits. Both games ended in five innings with scores of 9-0 and 16-0.

Prior to the start of game one, Salisbury's seven seniors were celebrated. Seniors Sarah Alpaugh, Lindsay McCabe, Chelsea Brooks, Carly Read, Hannah Mills, Lindsay Brown, and Michelle Gravdahl achieved an unblemished CAC regular-season record of 44-0 with the wins today and have thus far gone 141-19 in their four years at SU.

In game one, Salisbury (32-2, 8-0 CAC) earned its first hit of the day off Read's bat in the third inning. Read led the frame off with a double to right followed by Brooks' walk, to put two runners on. A sacrifice bunt by junior Harley Hill moved the runners up before Alpaugh's sharp shot through the left side gave SU the 2-0 lead. Gravdahl then sent a two-run blast out to left field for her eighth homer on the season and the 4-0 edge. Freshman Katie Sebbane would bring in SU's final run of the inning as the Sea Gulls entered the top of the fourth up 5-0 over the Bobcats (27-10, 5-3 CAC).

Sophomore pitcher Rachel Johnson picked up two of her 11 strikeouts in the top of the fourth to preserve the 5-0 advantage. Johnson earned the shutout in the circle, her 20th win of the season.

Salisbury would plate four additional runs in the bottom of the fourth, including a three-run homer from Mills, her first of the day, to go on to the win, 9-0.

The Sea Gulls' hot bats continued into the second contest, scoring four quick runs in the first inning and three in the second, but it was in the bottom of the third that SU ran away with the contest scoring six runs off five hits.

Alpaugh's single to center field plated Read, who got on with a double to the gap in left field, for an 8-0 lead. Gravdahl then doubled to center field to collect two RBIs. The double was Gravdahl's 50th of her career, tying Katie Mullinix for fourth all-time at SU. The senior catcher went 4-for-5 on the day with six RBIs and five runs scored.

Salisbury continued its hitting spree with a Mills homer. She took the first pitch out to center field to pick up her ninth home run on the season. Freshman Paige Knussman followed Mills' homer with one of her own on a 1-0 count, the first of her career.

Junior hurler Kathryn Larson earned the win in the circle, allowing just two hits in five innings with six strikeouts. Larson had a no-hit bid entering the top of the fourth.

Freshmen Sage McGrann and sophomore Rebecca Hoey brought in SU's final three runs of the contest in the fourth.

SU's seven senior went 20-for-24 on the day with 16 runs scored and 17 RBIs.

With the first win of the day, Salisbury clinched the top seed in next week's CAC tournament. The Sea Gulls will have a bye until the weekend portion of the CAC tournament, beginning next Friday, April 26. For more information on the CAC tournament check back at www.suseagulls.com.

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