SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University baseball team took on Virginia Wesleyan College in a doubleheader on Saturday, and held on to win the first game 6-5. The second game was suspended in the seventh inning due to darkness and will be finished on Monday when the Sea Gulls travel to Virginia Beach, Virginia to face the Marlins again.
In the first game, senior Brett Collacchi got off to a fast start on the mound for SU, retiring the side and notching a strikeout in the top of the first inning.
After a scoreless bottom of the first, Collacchi went back to work and once again would not allow a VWC hit, striking out one and causing two line outs to the outfield.
In the bottom of the second, the Sea Gulls would get on the scoreboard. After senior Bobby Sanzone was walked and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Tom LaBriola, junior Tyler Hrycak stepped up to the plate and blasted an RBI double down the left-field line to score Sanzone. Then, junior Kyle Goodwin singled to the second baseman, which scored Hrycak, and senior Danny Breen scored off a wild pitch from Seth Houston to increase Salisbury's lead to 3-0.
Collacchi did not back down in top of the third, retiring the side again and staying unscathed through three innings.
The Marlins finally got to Collacchi in the top of the fourth when Jordan Miller hit a two run homer into left center to put the score at 3-2, but the Sea Gulls would answer in the bottom of the fifth. SU scored two runs in the half inning to take a 5-2 lead, highlighted by an RBI single into left field by senior Jordan Gowe that scored Goodwin.
In the bottom of the sixth, Salisbury added one more run to their total when Breen hit a sacrifice fly into right field to score sophomore Kevin Dean.
After allowing a Marlin run in the top of the seventh, the Sea Gulls took a 6-3 lead in the ninth, where VWC would try to make a comeback.
Senior Kyle Hamby came in to pitch in the top of the ninth to try and earn the save. The first batter grounded out to sophomore Pete Grasso at shortstop and Hamby struck out the next batter. With two outs on the board, the Marlins would threaten the Sea Gulls' lead by scoring two runs before Taylor Erby flew out to right field to end the game, giving Hamby the save.
In the second game, sophomore Ryan Daiss saw the start on the mound for Salisbury, and started off hot, striking out his first five batters.
SU took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Sanzone that scored junior Alex Lipman.
The Marlins scored two runs in the top of the second, and the Sea Gulls answered with a run in bottom half of the inning to tie the game at 2-2.
Each team scored five more runs to put the score at 7-7 in in the top of the seventh, and due to darkness, the game was suspended.
The Sea Gulls will travel to Virginia Beach, Virginia on Monday to finish the second game of the doubleheader before taking on the Marlins again in another non-conference matchup. The game is set to begin at 2 p.m.