Grasso's 5-for-5 day leads Salisbury past Wesley in CAC opener

Grasso's 5-for-5 day leads Salisbury past Wesley in CAC opener

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 4 Salisbury University baseball team scored in seven of its eight offensive innings, and got a 5-for-5 performance from sophomore Pete Grasso and a two-home run day from Danny Breen in a 14-2 win over Wesley College to open Capital Athletic Conference play.

The contest was the first for the Sea Gulls in nearly a month, having not played since February 14, due to numerous snow and rain events that have affected the Mid-Atlantic Region, but Salisbury did not miss a beat.

The Wolverines (0-4, 0-1 CAC) got on the board first, with leadoff man Eric Speidel sending an offering from Salisbury starter Dan Fein over the left field fence for a solo home run. It was virtually the only mistake the Sea Gull senior would make in the contest.

The deficit did not last long, with Grasso matching Speidel's effort in the home half of the first, turning on a pitch up in the zone from Wesley starter Sam Meck. Grasso's home run, also to left, was his first of the year, tying the game.

The Sea Gulls would take the lead for good later in the inning. Jordan Gowe reached on a one-out single to center field before advancing to third on a wild pitch and balk. Senior catcher Austin Barefoot would single through the right side to bring in the go-ahead run.

The Sea Gulls scored in each of the next five innings, with solo homers by Breen in the second and fourth and a three-run shot by Grasso accounting for most of the runs.

Throughout the steady offensive play, Fein was cruising on the mound, at one point retiring 10 batters in a row. The Southbury, Connecticut native worked seven innings of one-run baseball, striking out six while surrendering just two hits.

Fein gave way to Jon Schmedel, who would give up a run in the eighth, but closed out the game for the Gulls.

Salisbury put up another four runs in the bottom of the eighth, led by Grasso's two-run single up the middle. The shortstop came up a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, as he finished with two singles, a double and the two home runs. He scored five times and drove in six runs in the game.

Grasso's 5-for-5 effort is the first for the program since Randy Boyle did so against Medaille College on March 18, 2009.

The four Sea Gull home runs are the most for Salisbury since blasting six against Frostburg State University on April 19, 2013.

Salisbury will be back in action on Saturday, March 14, continuing CAC play as the Sea Gulls head to the University of Mary Washington for a conference doubleheader, beginning at noon.

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