WASHINGTON, D.C. – The No. 14 Salisbury University baseball team picked up a 5-1 non-conference win at Gallaudet University on Tuesday afternoon.
Junior Dan Fein would work eight innings, scattering six hits, while giving up just the one Gallaudet run and freshman Tom LaBriola would come through with the big hit for the Sea Gulls (28-7) in the eighth inning.
The Bison (21-12) would get on the board first, as Marcus Smith doubled to the left-center field gap before being sacrificed to third base and scoring a batter later on William Bissell's sacrifice fly to center field for the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Junior Jordan Gowe came up with Salisbury's first hit, in the top of the second, with a grounder up the middle before moving to third on LaBriola's single just inside the first base bag.
The tying run came home on the first pitch of the next at-bat when senior Ken O'Neill singled on a line to center field, bringing Gowe home.
The teams would share opportunities to score, with the Bisons' best opportunity against Fein in the top of the second, when Justin Strong doubled to lead off the frame. Strong was bunted to third, but Fein would get a fly out and pop out to end the threat, keeping the game tied.
Salisbury missed out in the fourth when Gowe opened the inning with a single. Gallaudet starter Brandon Holsworth, who worked six innings of five-hit ball but did not factor in the decision, got through the inning stranding Gowe at second with a ground out and a pair of flyouts. But the Gulls would get the last laugh.
Senior Quinn Griffith got the game-winning rally started with a walk in the top of the eighth inning, and move to second on a single to right field by senior Johnny Schiotis. After Gowe's single loaded the bases, LaBriola laced a single to right-center field, scoring Griffith and Schiotis for a 3-1 lead.
O'Neill brought home Gowe with a sacrifice fly to push the lead to 4-1 and after junior Tyler Illian pinch ran for LaBriola, junior Kyle Hayman capped the scoring with a single up the middle, scoring Illian.
Fein was lifted after eight innings as junior Kyle Hamby came on to finish the ninth inning, getting a double play ball to end the win.
The Sea Gulls are next in action this Sunday, April 27, when they travel to Stevenson University. The game is slated to begin at 1 p.m.