Salisbury, Widener face off in battle of regional unbeatens

Salisbury, Widener face off in battle of regional unbeatens

MARIETTA, Ohio - The No. 7 Salisbury University baseball team will take on Widener University on Sunday, May 18, a matchup between the two remaining unbeaten teams in the Marietta region. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.

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Against Widener

For the third-straight game in this NCAA tournament, the Sea Gulls will be facing their opponent for the first time ever.

How we got here

Salisbury (35-7) picked up a 6-2 win over No. 20 Case Western Reserve University on Saturday to improve to 2-0 in regional play. Senior Quinn Griffith went 4-for-5 in the game, including a two-run home run, and finished with three RBIs. Sea Gull pitchers worked out of bases-loaded jams in the eighth and ninth innings to hold onto the lead.

How they got here

Widener (33-11) defeated No. 24 Marietta College 5-4 Saturday morning at Don Schaly Stadium. Michael Elfreth went 4-for-4 with two runs and batted in another. Colin Weiss pitched a complete game, allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits. Weiss struck out six and walked a batter.

Thunder in the middle of the lineup

Griffith is red hot so far in the NCAA tournament for the Sea Gulls, having gone a combined 7-for-10 in the two games. The highlight of his tournament has been a two-run shot in the win against Case Western Reserve. The Federalsburg, Md., native has five RBIs and has scored twice in the two contests.

Fein all the time

In Salisbury's two wins, junior Dan Fein has picked up a win and a save on the mound. In the regional opener against John Carroll University, the lefty was brought in to finish off a 9-8 Sea Gull victory. After two days of rainouts, the Southbury, Conn., native took the ball to start against Case Western Reserve. Fein would go 7 1/3 innings, allowing a run on 10 hits to pick up the win.

Up next

The winner of the contest will be a victory away from the College World Series, with two chances to seal its bid. The loser will have to play again at 5:30 p.m., in an elimination game.

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