Salisbury sweeps Lions; 10-3 in game one, 12-2 in game two

Salisbury sweeps Lions; 10-3 in game one, 12-2 in game two

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 15 Salisbury University baseball shook off the rust to earn a doubleheader sweep over Penn State University-Harrisburg on Monday afternoon. Following a nine-day layoff due to poor weather, the Sea Gulls took game one 10-3, followed by a 12-2 victory in the back end of the twin bill.

Salisbury got on the board in the opener with four runs in the first inning. Kyle Hayman started the inning with a single and scored when Jordan Gowe reached on an error by the first baseman.

Making just his second start of the year, freshman Tom LaBriola drove a single to right field, scoring Gowe and designated hitter Joey Gumpman brought home Johnny Schiotis with a groundout.

In the second after two quick outs, Pete Grasso ripped a single up the middle and came around from first on Quinn Griffith's double off the fence in left field for the 5-0 lead.

The Lions would get three runs, on four hits, in the top of the third inning, and the pitchers did the rest, as Salisbury starter Dan Fein and Penn St.-Harrisburg starter Derek Slagle would keep the score at 5-3 until Salisbury got to Slagle in the bottom of the seventh.

Griffith reached on a two-out error and advanced to third on Gowe's double to right and both runners scored when Schiotis singled to center field for a 7-3 edge.

The Sea Gulls would tack on three runs in the bottom of the eighth to cap the scoring in game one.

Fein would finish what he started, getting Lions' Troy Taber to strikeout to end the contest. The Southbury, Conn., native finished the contest having allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out eight.

Salisbury received solid pitching in game two and run support as well.

The Sea Gulls would put up seven runs in their half of the first, getting five base hits and capitalizing on two Lion errors. Hayman and Grasso reached on errors to open the contest. After a Griffith walk, and a Gowe fielder's choice, Schiotis singled to right field to score Grasso for a 1-0 SU lead.

Alex Lipman, Austin Barefoot and Hayman would follow with two-RBI base hits, and the Sea Gulls would be in control of the contest after one inning.

Brett Collacchi would make the lead stand up, surrendering single runs in the second and third innings.

Salisbury would get a run back in its half of the second, when Barefoot picked up his third RBI of the contest with a bases-loaded infield single.

Following the Lions' run in the third, the Sea Gulls would score the final four runs of the contest, which was stopped after seven innings.

Collacchi would pick up the abbreviated complete game, allowing two runs on nine hits. The Bear, Del., struck out four while walking four.

The Sea Gulls will be in action tomorrow, taking on the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Class-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The exhibition is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. Salisbury will return to collegiate action on Wednesday, hosting St. Mary's College of Maryland at 3:30 p.m.

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