Sea Gulls set for Christopher Newport in second round of CAC tournament

Sea Gulls set for Christopher Newport in second round of CAC tournament

SALISBURY, Md. – With a 5-4 win on Wednesday against Wesley College, the No. 16 Salisbury University baseball team enters the weekend of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament without a loss. The Sea Gulls will take on Christopher Newport University on Friday, April 18 at 4:00 p.m., in York, Pa.

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How we got here

The Sea Gulls, the No. 2 seed, needed a comeback to pull out a 5-4 win over Wesley at the SU Baseball Field on Wednesday. Down 4-0 in the sixth, Salisbury got help from the Wolverine defense to score its first run. In the seventh, the Sea Gulls would score a pair of runs, also aided by Wesley mistakes, to cut further cut into the lead.

With two outs in the seventh, senior Quinn Griffith skied a ball to shallow right field that was dropped, allowing junior Sam Myers to score. Junior Bobby Sanzone followed with a single to plate classmate Tyler Illian to pull within a run.

The next inning, Salisbury would pull ahead with RBI singles by junior Kyle Hayman and freshman Pete Grasso.

Junior Kyle Hamby  would need only six pitches for a perfect ninth to secure the victory for Salisbury.

How they got there

Christopher Newport, the No. 3 seed, got a stellar outing from Nick Santalucia, who pitched eight innings and fanned 11 batters in a 2-1 win over No. 4-seeded Frostburg State University. Brian Bierlein would give up two hits in the ninth but shut the door on a Bobcat rally to earn the save.

The Captains got on the board first, plating an unearned run when Kyle Corwin singled to left field to score Billy Steel for a 1-0 lead.

Frostburg would answer back in the fourth for its only run of the game, but A.J. Nicely would single down the right field line with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to give the Captains the deciding run.

200 Club

This past Saturday, senior Bill Root joined the exclusive club of Sea Gulls who have amassed 200 hits while wearing maroon and gold. The Coatsville, Pa., native became the sixth player all-time to surpass the milestone with a single against Southern Virginia University on April 12.

Even Steven

Salisbury and Christopher Newport met nearly two weeks ago for a doubleheader in Newport News, Va., on April 5. The two teams split the doubleheader, with game one going the way of the Captains and Salisbury taking game two, both by the score of 4-3. Both teams finished conference play with an 11-5 record.

What's next

Both teams will advance to the weekend of the CAC tournament. The schedule for Saturday will be determined following Friday's play, depending on whether four or five teams advance through play on Friday.

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