YORK, Pa. - The No. 16 Salisbury University baseball team will face No. 23 York College of Pennsylvania in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament, with a chance to advance to championship Sunday in the hunt for its third-consecutive CAC championship.
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How we got here
Salisbury picked up a 6-0 win against third-seeded Christopher Newport University on Friday, as junior pitcher Brett Collacchi worked seven-plus shutout innings and freshman Tom LaBriola notched three hits.
The Sea Gulls got a run in the third and two in the fifth, which would be plenty for Collacchi. The Bear, Del., native struck out six while surrendering just two hits and at one point retired 18-straight Captains.
How they got there
York advanced with a 5-1 win over Frostburg State University on Friday. Elliot Mortimer threw the first complete game of his career to get the win over the Bobcats. Mortimer allowed one run on four hits while striking out six Frostburg batters.
Frostburg jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning but the Spartans would tie the score in the third and take the lead with a three-run fifth inning. York would tack on an insurance run in the ninth for the final tally of the contest.
Colbe Herr and Brad Wenzel would each have three hits in the contest, and Wenzel would cross the plate twice.
Salisbury is 53-32-1 all-time against the Spartans but York swept the regular season doubleheader on March 22. The Spartans got a walk-off single in game one for a 6-5 win and took a 5-1 lead going into the ninth of game two before holding on 5-3.
Back in the lineup
After missing 12-straight games, junior Bobby Sanzone has been back on the field in the CAC tournament, and has made an immediate impact. The Forest Hill, Md., native is 2-for-5 in the tournament with a pair of RBIs, including one in a pinch-hit opportunity during Friday's win against Christopher Newport.
The winner of Saturday morning's game will advance to Sunday's CAC championship game with a chance to win the league title at 11 a.m. The losing team will rest up before returning to action in an elimination game at 4 p.m., on Saturday, against the winner of Saturday's first elimination game bewteen Wesley College and Christopher Newport.