APPLETON, Wis. – The No. 7 Salisbury University baseball team is looking to extend its stay at least another day at the Division III College World Series and in order to so, will need to defeat No. 12 University of Southern Maine. The two teams will faceoff Saturday afternoon at 2:15 p.m., eastern time, at Fox Cities Stadium.
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How we got here
Salisbury (37-8) saw its 20-game winning streak come to an end with an opening-round loss to No. 5 State University of New York at Cortland, 4-3, on Friday. Down 4-1 in the eighth, the Sea Gulls rallied back to cut the lead to one, but were unable to push across the game-tying run.
Freshman Ryan Daiss pitched three innings of shutout relief, coming in to start the fifth, to keep the Sea Gulls within striking distance. The Seymor, Conn., native faced one more than the minimum, allowing one hit, and struck out three Red Dragons.
How they got here
Southern Maine (35-14) gave up three-run innings in the first and second frames, and would drop its first game in the World Series, 8-1, to No. 3 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Paul McDonough led the Huskies with two hits in the contest and scored the squad's only run of the game.
In this spot before
The last time the Sea Gulls lost a game, April 5 in Newport News, Va., against Christopher Newport University in the first game of a doubleheader, Salisbury found itself with its backs up against the wall. While the games from that point forward were not win-or-go-home, the loss knocked the Sea Gulls from contention of hosting the Capital Athletic Conference tournament.
The road to the CAC Championship would go through York, Pa., with Salisbury sweeping the field to claim the conference's automatic berth to the World Series.
The Sea Gulls have responded to adversity before, having ripped off a 20-game winning streak, and look to get back in the win column this afternoon.
The non-advancing team from today's contest will see its season come to an end, while the winner will face either University of St. Thomas or Baldwin-Wallace University in the loser's bracket. That contest will be played tomorrow, Sunday, May 25, with a 1 p.m., eastern time scheduled start time.