MINNEAPOLIS - As the No. 7 Salisbury University baseball team begins play at the Division III College World Series in Appleton, Wis., two members of the team were recognized for their play so far this season.
Junior Kyle Hayman was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-American third team, while classmate Brett Collacchi was an honorable mention to the D3Baseball.com All-America teams, the organizations announced.
Hayman has been a force to be dealt with at the top of the lineup for the Sea Gulls, leading the team with a .425 average this season. The Wilmington, Del., native has scored a team-high 55 runs and leads the squad with 28 stolen bases. Each of those totals rank Hayman in the top 30 among Division III players.
Collacchi improved his record to 12-1 with a 2.48 ERA with a win against No. 20 Case Western Reserve University this past Monday to advance Salisbury to the College World Series. His 12 wins tie for the most in a single season by a Sea Gull hurler, matching the mark set by Brian Brushe in 1977. The Bear, Del., native has worked 90 2/3 innings and has struck out a team-high 58 batters.
The Sea Gulls begin play in the College World Series this afternoon against No. 5 State University of New York at Cortland. That contest, to be played at Fox Cities Stadium, is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., eastern time.