The No. 18 Salisbury University softball team may have started off slow but the bats caught fire in the sixth and seventh innings as the Sea Gulls scored 10 runs off eight hits to eliminate Farmingdale State College, 11-0, in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Softball Championship.
Salisbury (36-6) started the scoring in the top of the third when Sarah Alpaugh doubled to left-center field to plate Carly Read.
The Sea Gulls turned a double play in the bottom of the sixth as
junior Hannah Mills caught a line drive to
shortstop and then fired to first base where Harley
Hill tagged out Hillary Genova. Brittingham then struck
out her fourth Ram of the day to end the inning.
Freshman Rachel Johnson came in to pitch the final two outs of the seventh inning where she knocked down two consecutive batters before being relieved by sophomore Kathryn Larson, who took care of business with a strikeout.
Brittingham ended the day allowing three hits and fanning four Rams. The Georgetown, Del., native went 1-for-3 at the plate with a three-run homer, lifting the Gulls to a 7-0 lead in the seventh.
The maroon and gold scored seven runs off seven hits in the
Alpaugh went 2-for-4 on the day, driving in the winning run in the third inning while McCabe went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Salisbury will play either Emory College or Roanoke College in an elimination game on Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m.