SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 6 Salisbury University baseball team opened its season with a 13-6 win over Gwynedd Mercy University on Saturday at the SU Baseball Field.
Senior Brett Collacchi received the start at pitcher, in a game that saw nine Sea Gulls take the mound on the day. Collacchi retired the first three batters for the Griffins, striking out the first two.
In the bottom of the first, SU would take the early 1-0 lead. Sophomore Tom LaBriola took first on a walk and then advanced to second after senior Bobby Sanzone struck out, but reached first on an error by the catcher. Then LaBriola scored on a wild pitch to put the Sea Gulls up 1-0.
Senior Dan Fein took the mound in the second and allowed no hits, while notching a strikeout, to collect the win on the day.
Salisbury went back to work in the bottom of the second, scoring four runs off of three hits. After working his at-bat to a 3-and-2 count, junior Tyler Hrycak blasted a ball over the fence in center field for a home run. Sophomore Robbie Jones came up to the plate and took first on a walk, but was put out at second after senior Danny Breen hit into a fielder's choice. The Sea Gulls would score three more runs in the inning to take a 5-0 lead, with sophomore Pete Grasso and LaBriola each recording a hit and an RBI. Junior Alex Lipman also registered an RBI in the inning.
After sophomore Ryan Daiss pitched a scoreless inning and struck out two batters in the top of the third, junior Connor Shockley kept Gwynedd Mercy off the board in the top of the fourth, registering three strikeouts.
Salisbury got back to scoring in the bottom of the inning. After Sanzone sent a double into left field that score Lipman, senior Austin Barefoot fired a two-run homer over the left-field fence to put the score at 8-0.
After the Sea Gulls scored one run in the sixth, an a single into left by Hrycak, the Griffins would get within five after a four-run seventh inning.
Salisbury would only allow two more Gwynedd Mercy runs in the top of the eighth, before tallying four more of its own in the bottom of the eighth, highlighted by singles from Breen and Grasso.
Salisbury will be back in action on Saturday, February 14 when they take on Virginia Wesleyan College in a double header at the SU Baseball Field. The first pitch is set for noon.