Upset Falls Short as Mustangs Fall to No. 6 Salisbury in Season Finale

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Rachel Johnson pitched a one-hit shutout as the Stevenson softball team totaled three errors to allow six unearned runs by Salisbury before the Mustangs nearly upset the sixth-ranked Sea Gulls in game two of a non-conference doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Weinberg-Fine Stadium.

The Mustangs (16-23), who concluded their 2014 season, held the Sea Gulls to just 13 hits on the day, their lowest doubleheader total this season. Salisbury came into the day averaging 10.7 hits per game.

The Sea Gulls (35-3) scored seven of their eight runs in the bottom of the second inning, including six unearned. Kim Dorsey, who came into the game ranked 17th in Division III in batting average, hit a two RBI double before Paige Knussman, who ranks fifth in batting average, hit a two-run home run. The duo combined to go 2-for-3 with four RBIs, two runs and three walks.

Junior Courtney Cook had Stevenson's lone hit in the third inning as the Mustangs finished with a season-low one hit.

Johnson, the three-time National Pitcher of the Week, totaled seven strikeouts in 4.0 innings.

In game two, Salisbury took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Knussman's two-out RBI double before Stevenson tied the game on an RBI single by senior Lindsay Kuczak.

The Mustangs had a chance to take the lead for the first time in the bottom of the sixth inning, as they had runners on second and third with no outs. However, Johnson was able to get the next three batters out, including two on swinging strikeouts.

In the top of the seventh inning with the game tied at one, Rebecca Hoey hit a leadoff home run, which proved to be the game winner. Hoey and Harley Hill combined for five of Salisbury's six hits.

Kuczak, who concludes her career along side seniors Kristen Fassler and Brianna Dieter, finished 2-for-3 with one RBI. Combined, the trio totaled 80 wins and appeared in 388 games. During that time they totaled 252 hits, 148 runs, 104 RBIs, 37 doubles, six triples and nine home runs.