NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The No. 14 Salisbury University baseball team earned a doubleheader split with Christopher Newport on Saturday, with both games finishing with a 4-3 score. The Sea Gulls dropped the first contest while taking the back end of the twin bill.
Salisbury (18-7, 10-5 CAC) held a late lead in game one but saw the Captains battle back to take the contest.
The Sea Gulls would get on the board first, breaking through in the third inning. Freshman Pete Grasso started the inning with a single up the middle. Senior Quinn Griffith followed with a single to right center, advancing Grasso to third; SU would load the bases with no outs as senior Johnny Schiotis drew a walk. The next Sea Gull batter would capitalize on the opportunity, as junior Jordan Gowe drove in Grasso with a sacrifice fly to right field for a 1-0 SU lead.
Christopher Newport (16-11, 8-3 CAC) would get on the board in its half of the fourth with a leadoff homerun by Billy Steel, and would tie the game an inning later.
Salisbury reclaimed the lead in the top of the sixth, with sophomore Alex Lipman reaching on an error to lead off the inning. He would come around to score three batters later when senior Bill Root singled to right center.
CNU would rally in its half of the eighth off starter Dan Fein to take the lead. Tommy Vitaletti started the inning off with a double, followed by another double by Steel to tie the game. Two batters later, Jacob Houston singled to right field to score Steel for the deciding tally.
Fein went the distance, allowing the four runs on seven hits. The Southbury, Conn., native struck out eight while walking a pair.
The Sea Gulls would be on the winning end of a one-run game in the back end of the twin bill.
Like the first game, the Sea Gulls would strike first, this time in the second inning. With one out, freshman Tom LaBriola hit a double to left center, scoring junior Danny Breen and O'Neill. After advancing on a wild pitch, LaBriola scored on a Hayman single for a 3-0 SU lead.
Christopher Newport would answer in the next half inning, tying the score off starter Brett Collacchi. The Bear, Del., native would keep the Captains off the scoreboard the rest of his afternoon.
Salisbury scoreed the deciding run in the seventh, when Schiotis hit a one-out, bases loaded single that scored Root from third.
Collacchi would work seven innings to pick up the win. He would allow three runs on six hits, while striking out three and did not issue a walk.
The Sea Gulls will be back in action tomorrow, hosting Gwynedd Mercy University. That contest is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.