Salem, Virginia - Taylor Golden's solo homer in the second wasn't enough for DePauw as Salisbury scored single runs in the third and sixth innings and sent the Tigers to the elimination bracket of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship with a 2-1 victory.
DePauw dropped to 35-15 with the loss and will face Alma in a 1:30 p.m. elimination game tomorrow. The Scots lost to Tufts, 3-0, tonight. Salisbury, now 36-6, will face Tufts at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Golden's ninth homer of the season came on a 3-2 pitch off Salisbury starter Rachel Johnson and the Tigers' 1-0 lead held until the bottom of the third. Katie Sebbane singled through the right side with two outs and moved to second on a wild pitch. Paige Knussman's infield single plated Sebbane and knotted the score at 1-1.
The Sea Gulls put two runners on in the fourth, but DePauw starter Kahla Nolan got Kim Dorsey to fly out to center to end the inning.
Meanwhile, Johnson didn't allow a hit after Golden's homer and the teams headed to the bottom of the sixth, still tied 1-1.
DePauw reliever Emma Baldwin retired the first two batters of the frame including the second on a running catch by Tigers' center fielder Elizabeth Getz before Angela Malgieri reached on Gabby Smart's error. Malgieri advanced to second when Baldwin fielded Rachel Spaden's groudner but her toss to first baseman Linsey Button was high. Dorsey then delivered a single to left that scored Malgieri and gave Salisbury a 2-1 lead.
Button and Golden each had one hit for the Tigers, while Dorsey, Sebbane and Knussman had one each for the Sea Gulls.
Baldwin suffered the loss and dropped to 13-6, while Nolan allowed just two hits and walked three in the first four innings. Johnson allowed just two hits and struck out seven in tossing the complete game.
"I think our bats were lively to get us here and our pitching came out super strong today against a terrific team," DePauw head coach Erica Hanrahan said.
"To see the pitchers come through with a performance like that against a great team was really exciting. I felt like aside a little bit from being tentative at the plate that is uncharacteristic they (DePauw) were much more settled and we had some good leadership from our upperclassmen so that was great to see."