SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 15 Salisbury University baseball team scored in each of the first six innings on Monday afternoon and got a strong pitching performance from junior Brett Collacchi, collecting a 14-1 non-conference win, which was called after eight innings, against Johns Hopkins University at the SU Baseball Field.
The win gave Salisbury (30-7) its 30th win for the ninth-straight season.
After junior Kyle Hayman led off the bottom of the first inning getting hit by a pitch, he advanced to third when a pickoff attempt from Johns Hopkins starting pitcher Chris Reilly sailed over the head of first baseman Jake Rogers. After a strikeout, the Sea Gulls would take the early 1-0 lead when senior Quinn Griffith lifted a sacrifice fly to right field.
The lead doubled in the second inning when senior Ken O'Neill connected a 2-and-1 pitch up in the zone, belting his second home run of the year to left field.
The early runs stood up as Collacchi worked seven innings on the hill, working out of his only true jam in the third inning.
In the third, Collacchi put Rogers on with a leadoff walk, one of just two free passes issued by the Salisbury hurler. Rogers got into scoring position on a wild pitch, and with one out moved to third on Pete Siciliano's soft liner to shallow right field. Collacchi worked through the jam with a strikeout and a fly out to end the threat, stranding Blue Jays at the corners.
After Collacchi got through his tight situation in the top of the third, Reilly could not escape his own jam in the bottom. Salisbury opened the inning with singles from Griffith and senior Johnny Schiotis before Bobby Sanzone laid down a sacrifice bunt back to Reilly. The throw to first went high, allowing Griffith to score for the 3-0 lead.
Two batters later, freshman Tom LaBriola's ground out would bring home Schiotis for the four-run advantage.
The Sea Gulls put together three straight singles, and took advantage of another Johns Hopkins miscue, in the fourth to score two more runs, pushing the lead to 6-0.
Salisbury would add five runs in the fifth, highlighted by Griffith's second home run of the year, a three-run shot scoring Hayman and senior Bill Root in front of him and the Gulls capped their scoring with three more in the sixth.
Griffith was 3-for-4 in the game, scoring three times and driving in five runs while Schiotis and Gowe each had two hits.
Collacchi faced just five batters over the minimum in his seven innings, scattering four hits while striking out three to improve to 9-1 on the year. Classmate Dylan Anderson came on for the eighth, and final, inning, giving up a trio of hits, including a solo home run for the only run of the day for Johns Hopkins (22-16).
The Blue Jays (22-16) sent five different pitchers to the mound in the game. Reilly took the loss, his first decision of the year.
Salisbury returns to action this Saturday, May 3, hosting the College of Staten Island for a doubleheader beginning at noon.