Sea Gulls celebrate Senior Day with sweep of Staten Island

Sea Gulls celebrate Senior Day with sweep of Staten Island

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 10 Salisbury University baseball team sent its seniors out in style with a doubleheader sweep of the College of Staten Island, Saturday afternoon at the SU Baseball Field. The Sea Gulls celebrated Senior Day on the final day of games at home for the season.

The Sea Gulls would take game one, 13-3, and the back end of the twin bill, 6-2.

During their time at Salisbury, the quartet of Quinn Griffith, Ken O'Neill, Bill Root and Johnny Schiotis have been a part of Sea Gull teams that have gone 133-39, captured four Capital Athletic Conference titles and went to the 2011 Division III World Series.

Before the contest, the program honored the four active seniors, student-assistant Chris Gaines and Head Coach Doug Fleetwood, who coached his final games at the SU Baseball Field.

In game one, Salisbury (32-7) would break through for a single run in the second inning. Junior Bobby Sanzone led off the inning with a walk and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Classmate Jordan Gowe would single to center to drive in Sanzone for a 1-0 SU lead.

An inning later, the Sea Gulls would break through with seven runs on seven hits to extend the lead. Sanzone started the scoring with an RBI single to center to score freshman Pete Grasso. Two batters later, junior Austin Barefoot drove in a pair with his own single to center. After O'Neill was hit by a pitch, Root sent a single to center to plate Barefoot.

Junior Kyle Hayman continued the trend of RBI singles to centerfield with one of his own for the fifth run of the inning.

With Grasso at bat for the second time in the inning, Hayman took off for second and the throw went into center, scoring Root. Hayman would come around for the final run of the inning when Grasso doubled to left.

Through three innings of play, the Sea Gulls had amassed 11 hits, compared to a single-base knock for Staten Island (18-14).

Salisbury would tack on three runs in the fifth when Grasso drove in two with a double to left and Griffith drove him home with a single to make the score 11-0.

Staten Island would push across three runs in the sixth off starter Dan Fein to bring the score to 11-3. Fein went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits. The lefty struck out four while walking a pair.

The Sea Gulls would answer with two runs in their half of the inning, with back-to-back doubles by Gowe and Barefoot with one out, with Gowe coming around to score. Two batters later, Root singled to center to bring around Gowe for the final tallies of game one.

The Dolphins would start the scoring in game two when Phil Ciprello would single to center to bring in Juan Batista for a 1-0 Staten Island lead.

Salisbury would answer in its half of the first with five runs, with the aid of a Dolphin error. Sanzone tied the contest with an RBI single to left that scored Grasso. Gowe would follow and reached on an error on a play that could have resulted in the third out of the inning but instead loaded the bases.

Barefoot would follow, hitting a ball that tailed away from the centerfielder for a double that cleared the bases for a 4-1 SU lead. O'Neill would follow with a single that plated Barefoot for the fourth unearned run of the inning and a 5-1 lead for the maroon and gold.

After two scoreless frames, Staten Island pushed across a run in the fourth to narrow the Salisbury lead to 5-2.

The Sea Gulls scored the final run of the contest in the sixth, when Barefoot skied a ball to right field, picking up the sacrifice fly as Sanzone came home from third.

Collacchi picked up the win, going six innings, letting up two runs on five hits. The Bear, Del., native struck out eight Dolphin hitters while walking a pair. Junior Kyle Hamby worked the seventh inning to finish the game.

The Sea Gulls will be in action on Wednesday, May 7, traveling to Montclair State University. The contest is the final regular-season matchup for the Sea Gulls and is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

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