May 13, 2014

Sea Gulls open NCAA regional play against John Carroll University

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 7 Salisbury University starts its quest on Wednesday to return to the College World Series, beginning with regional action against John Carroll University. The Sea Gulls were selected to play at the Marietta, Ohio regional and will compete in double-elimination action, starting with the Blue Streaks at 4:30 p.m.

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The Game

Salisbury makes its 15th-straight appearance in the NCAA tournament, taking on John Carroll University, which will be making its second NCAA tournament appearance.

Series History

Today's contest will mark the first meeting between these two programs.

How We Got Here

After finishing the regular season tied for second in the Capital Athletic Conference, the Sea Gulls took the postseason tournament to earn the conference's automatic bid. Salisbury defeated Christopher Newport University 5-1 on Sunday, April 20, to capture the conference crown.

How They Got Here

John Carroll captured its first ever Ohio Athletic Conference title with a 6-3 win over Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday, May 10. With the win, the Blue Streaks advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1984.

Salisbury in the NCAA Tourament

This is the 20th appearance in the NCAA tournament all-time for the Sea Gulls. Salisbury is 42-39 in NCAA tournament action, includng three trips to the World Series.

John Carroll in the NCAA Tournament

The Blue Streaks are making their second appearance and are 0-2 all-time in the NCAA tournament.

Streaking Toward the Blue Streaks

Salisbury comes into the contest with a 16-game winning streak and has outscored its opponents 127-50 over that span.

Quartet Looking to Bookend

This group features four seniors - Quinn Griffith, Ken O'Neill, Bill Root, and Johnny Schiotis - that opened their careers with a trip to the Division III College World Series. During their time in maroon and gold, their teams have made trips to the regionals every year and have come within a game of going back to the World Series the past two seasons.

Up Next

Both teams will be back in action on Thursday. The winner of the contest will take on the winner of the Thomas More University/La Roche College matchup at 8 p.m.  The loser will be in an elimination matchup against the loser of the Thomas More/La Roche game at 1 p.m.

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