March 15, 2014

Sea Gulls sweep doubleheader against Mary Washington

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 7 Salisbury University baseball team picked up two Capital Athletic Conference wins with a doubleheader sweep of University of Mary Washington, Saturday at the SU Baseball Field. The Sea Gulls took game one, 12-0, and won 7-6 in the back end of the doubleheader.

In the first game, Salisbury (12-3, 4-1 CAC) grabbed an early lead. The first three batters reached, and after the first out of the inning, junior Jordan Gowe doubled to right field to drive in classmate Kyle Hayman and freshman Pete Grasso for a 2-0 SU lead. Two batters later, senior Johnny Schiotis singled to center for a 4-0 lead after the first inning. 

The Sea Gulls put up single runs in the second and third to take a 6-0 lead. Fein was able to protect the lead, as he retired Mary Washington (11-5, 2-3 CAC) in order in the second, fourth, seventh and eighth innings. 

In the fifth, the Eagles threatened with runners on second and third with one out, but Fein got a strikeout for the second out of the inning and ended the inning with a fly ball that senior Bill Root easily camped under.

Salisbury tacked on four runs in the seventh and two in the eighth for the final tallies of game one. For the contest, the Sea Gulls had 15 hits, with Hayman leading the way with four, while Schiotis and junior Bobby Sanzone each collected three base knocks. 

Fein finished what he started, pitching his first career shutout and fourth complete game at Salisbury. The Southbury, Conn., native scattered three hits and struck out three.

Mary Washington got on the board early in game two, putting up two in the first frame. Salisbury would tie the game in its half of the first with RBI singles by Sanzone and Gowe.

Neither team would score in the next three innings before the Eagles put up three runs off starter Brett Collacchi to take a 5-2 lead. Salisbury would get a run back in the fifth when senior Quinn Griffith scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 5-3. 

The Eagles nearly got one back the next inning, but with no outs and runners on first and third, Griffith fielded a ball, threw to home to get the breaking runner, who was tagged out after a rundown. Reliever Ryan Belanger worked around another walk to load the bases to get out of the inning unscathed.

The Sea Gulls would take the lead in their half of the sixth when, with Hayman on first and Root on third, Hayman took off for second. The throw sailed into center field, allowing Root to score and Hayman advance to third. Grasso drove him in with an double to right center for a 5-5 tie. Gowe would single through the right side three batters later to score Grasso for a 6-5 lead.

In the eighth, Belanger walked the bases loaded, with a sacrifice bunt after the first walk for the first out, and was replaced by closer Kyle Hamby. The first hitter the junior saw singled to Grasso to tie the score at 6-6.

Hamby would work a 1-2-3 ninth, setting up a dramatic ninth. Schiotis led off with a double and Barefoot moved him over with a sacrifice bunt. Following intentional walks to Root and Hayman, Grasso was hit by the first pitch his way and the Sea Gulls walked off a winner.

Gowe and Sanzone each had three hits in the second game, while Gowe drove in a pair of runs.

The Sea Gulls are back in action tomorrow, taking on Route 13 and CAC rival Wesley College. The two teams are making up a contest that was snowed out a week and a half ago. The contest is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

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