MARIETTA, Ohio – Following a win over John Carroll University on Wednesday, the No. 7 Salisbury University baseball team will take on No. 20 Case Western Reserve University Friday evening at Don Schaly Stadium.
The game, originally slated for Thursday night, has been moved to Friday at 7:45 p.m., due to strong weather that wiped out the entire schedule for Thursday.
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Against Case Western Reserve
This will be the first time these two teams have met.
How we got here
The Sea Gulls held on for a 9-8 victory on Wednesday against John Carroll. Salisbury (34-7) held a 9-2 lead after four innings and had a five-run advantage going into the ninth. The Blue Streaks scored four runs and had the bases loaded with one out, but junior Dan Fein closed the door to earn the first save of his career.
How they got here
Case Western Reserve (31-10) went past the stroke of midnight to pick up a 6-2 win over Thomas More University in its opening game of the regional tournament. John Fortunato pitched a complete game for the Spartans, allowing two runs on eight hits.
Starting off right
Junior Kyle Hayman has seen his name at the top of the lineup card for Head Coach Doug Fleetwood in each of the 40 contests he has played in this season. The Wilmington, Del., native leads the team with a .416 average and is second on the team with a .492 on-base percentage. Once on base, Hayman is one of the top players in all of Division III in moving around the bases, as he ranks in the top 30 in both stolen bases (27) and runs scored (51).
Hoping to reverse a trend
This group of Sea Gull seniors – Quinn Griffith, Ken O'Neill, Bill Root and Johnny Schiotis – has been the NCAA tournament in each of its years at Salisbury. They have opened tournament play this year and the past two seasons with a win but failed to advance from regional play. Their only defeat to open the tournament? A 10-1 loss to Piedmont College in 2011. The Sea Gulls rebounded nicely that season and earned a trip to Appleton, Wisc., the site of the College World Series. It has been the Sea Gulls' goal all season to trek back to Wisconsin.
The winner of this contest will move on to play the winner between host Marietta College and Widener University on Saturday, with a scheduled start time of 4:30 p.m. The loser will look to stay alive in the tournament, facing off against the winner between La Roche College and Penn State University Berks. That contest is slated to begin at 1 p.m., on Saturday.