Baseball lands six on All-CAC teams; Collacchi, Schiotis, Hayman named to first team

Baseball lands six on All-CAC teams; Collacchi, Schiotis, Hayman named to first team

YORK, Pa. – The Salisbury University baseball team is preparing for its 20th NCAA tournament appearance next week, following the team's Capital Athletic Conference championship, and Wednesday the CAC coaches rewarded the Sea Gulls for their strong season with six all-conference members, including three on the first team.

Senior Johnny Schiotis and juniors Brett Collacchi and Kyle Hayman were named to the first team, while senior Quinn Griffith and juniors Kyle Hamby and Bobby Sanzone earned second-team honors.

Schiotis makes his second All-CAC appearance, having been named to the first team in 2013. This year, he has started all 39 games for the Sea Gulls at second base, with a .364 batting average with nine doubles and 32 runs driven in. The Levittown, Pa., native has reached base at a .421 clip this year, including being hit by a team-high 11 pitches. In his career, Schiotis has been plunked a school-record 39 times.

Collacchi has led the Salisbury pitching staff to a 2.77 ERA, the 16th-best in the nation. Collacchi has picked up a CAC-best 10 wins this season, while going 10-1 with a 2.35 ERA; the ERA is fourth-best in the league this season. The Bear, Del., native has struck out 56 while walking just 22 in 76 2/3 innings this year and has been named the CAC Pitcher of the Week twice this season.

Hayman has been Salisbury's lead-off hitter throughout the year, batting a team-best .428 this year, which ranks second in the CAC and in the top 50 nationally; his 68 hits rank eighth in the nation. The Wilmington, Del., native has scored a team-high 49 runs, which are also second in the CAC, and has a .497 on-base percentage. He is 23-for-25 on stolen-base tries.

Griffith makes his second appearance on the all-conference team, having been a first-team member in 2013. The defensive anchor of the infield, at first base, Griffith has played in 38 games this season with a .390 batting average and nine extra-base hits. He has reached base at a team-leading .514 clip, which ranks second in the conference. The 31 walks he's drawn rank 11th in the nation.

Sanzone was a first-team selection in 2013, and has batted .387 this year, having played in 28 games. After missing a stretch of the season due to injury, Sanzone came back just before the CAC tournament, sparking on offensive revival for the Gulls. The Forest Hill, Md., native has driven in a team-high 37 runs this year while scoring 28 and connecting on a team-best three home runs.

Hamby has been the Gulls closer for the past two seasons, registering 10 career saves, one shy of the program record, with seven saves coming in 2014. The Laurel, Md., native has 2-0 in 19 relief appearances, with a 1.25 ERA while striking out 20 in 21 2/3 innings. His seven saves rank 19th in Division III this year.

With the six selection, the Salisbury baseball program has had 120 players named to the All-CAC teams since 1995 with 71 of them being first-team honorees.

Salisbury closes out the regular season today at Montclair State University, with the first pitch slated for 2 p.m.

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