APPLETON, Wis. – The No. 7 Salisbury University baseball team was eliminated from the College World Series with a 6-3 loss to No. 12 University of Southern Maine, Saturday afternoon at Fox Cities Stadium.
Salisbury (37-9) had the first opportunity of the game but was unable to push across a run in the first inning. Junior Kyle Hayman led off the bottom of the inning with a hotshot down to the first baseman and the ball squirted into right field for a hit.
Freshman Pete Grasso sacrificed Hayman to second and senior Quinn Griffith would move him to third with a single through the left side. Hayman and Griffith would be stranded on base as Southern Maine (36-14) got out of the inning.
The Huskies put their first three batters on base in the second, with some help of the Sea Gulls. Junior Dan Fein induced a double play with the bases loaded, exchanging a run for the first two outs of the inning. Fein would get out of the inning without any further damage but Southern Maine jumped out to a 1-0 lead.
In the second, the Sea Gulls would answer to take their first lead of the World Series. With two outs, junior Austin Barefoot singled to center to start the rally. Senior Bill Root sent a bouncing ball down the third base line that brought Barefoot around to tie the score.
Hayman would follow and would bring in Root for a 2-1 Salisbury lead. The Wilmington, Del., native sent a ball to left center and the speedster would attempt to stretch his hit to a triple. Hayman had the three bagger but slid past the base and was tagged out, but Root had already crossed the plate for the go-ahead run.
Salisbury had a chance to add to its lead in the fourth but was unable to do so. With runners on first and third with one out, Southern Maine would get out of the inning. The Huskies would take the momentum to their next at bat, taking the lead in the fifth. Jake Glauser led off the fifth with the first home run of the College World Series to knot the score at 2-2.
Following the home run, the Huskies put together consecutive singles and the runners were moved into scoring position with a groundout. With runners on second and third, Sam Dexter singled to left, and advanced to second on a Sea Gull error, that plated Matt Bender and moved Paul McDonough to third for a 3-2 Southern Maine lead.
Forrest Chadwick followed with a single to right field that scored both runners for a 5-2 Huskies lead.
The Sea Gulls cut into the lead in the eighth, when Hayman led off with a drag bunt and advanced to second on Southern Maine error. Hayman was moved to third by a sacrifice fly by Grasso and scored on a Griffith RBI groundout for a 5-3 score.
Chadwick would put up the final run of the contest, with a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth for a 6-3 Southern Maine lead. Chadwick led the Huskies by going 4-for-5 with three RBIs.
Hayman led the Sea Gulls with three hits and freshman Tom LaBriola had a pair of base knocks.
The contest marks the end of the careers of Griffith, Ken O'Neill, Root and Johnny Schiotis, as well as the final game coached by Head Coach Doug Fleetwood. Over the past four seasons, Fleetwood has guided the Sea Gulls to a 138-41 record, with three Capital Athletic Conference titles and two trips to the College World Series.