Salisbury baseball pulls off sweep against Mary Washington

Salisbury baseball pulls off sweep against Mary Washington

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Salisbury University baseball team remained undefeated, pulling off a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader sweep against the University of Mary Washington on Sunday and handing the Eagles their first two losses of the season.

Game 1: Salisbury 8, Mary Washington 2

Senior Brett Collacchi got the start on the mound in the first game for the Sea Gulls and impressed throughout. Collacchi retired the first nine batters he faced in the contest, with four strikeouts in that time, while the offense staked him to a 1-0 lead.

 

SU would tally a run in the top of the second after a single into right field by senior Sam Myers scored classmate Bobby Sanzone.

Salisbury's offense would open up in the top of the fourth, scoring five runs off five hits to give the Sea Gulls a 6-0 advantage. Senior catcher Austin Barefoot led off the inning with a single into right field, eventually scoring on Myers' RBI single to left center. Sanzone would account for the most runs in the inning, blasting a two-RBI single into center field, scoring sophomore Pete Grasso and Lipman to increase SU's lead to 6-0.

Collacchi was perfect for the Gulls going into the bottom of the fifth, but gave up a walk in the frame. The Bear, Delaware native would keep his no-hitter intact into the sixth, until Mary Washington got to him with a lead-off double, before Collacchi retired the next three batters.

Salisbury added another run in the top of the sixth when a Barefoot single scored Grasso before tallying its final run of the game in the ninth after junior Tyler Hrycak reached on dropped fly ball in left field, which scored Sanzone.

The Eagles got on the board in the ninth after Jono Haught powered a two-run homer down the left field line to put the score at 8-2, but it was all the Eagles would come up with.

Collacchi pitched eight innings for Salisbury, striking out eight batters and allowing only two hits. Senior Dylan Anderson relieved Collacchi in the bottom of the ninth, allowing the two Eagle runs before closing out the game.

Game 2: Salisbury 10, Mary Washington 9

The Sea Gulls got on the board quicker in the second game. Lipman started the game with a single into right center and eventually landed on third after Grasso reached first on an error and senior Jordan Gowe executed a sacrifice bunt. Lipman would then score on a wild pitch to give SU an early 1-0 lead. Sanzone followed with a single into left field, scoring Grasso to give Salisbury a 2-0 advantage.

Grasso saw the start on the mound for Salisbury in game two and retired the first two batters, but with two outs, Mary Washington would score two runs off three hits to tie the game at 2-2.

The Sea Gulls (5-0, 3-0 CAC) answered in the top of the second when Lipman fired an RBI double into left center, scoring senior Danny Breen, for a 3-2 lead.

Salisbury took a 4-2 lead in the top of the third, highlighted by a double into left center from Hrycak, which scored Barefoot.

Mary Washington (8-2, 1-2 CAC) would score four runs off four hits in the fifth inning, giving the Eagles a 6-4 lead.

In the top of the sixth, the Sea Gulls answered with three runs of their own to take the lead back, 7-6. Grasso accounted for two of those runs with a two-run single down the left field line that scored junior Kyle Goodwin and Breen.

The Eagles would not back down though, tying the game at 7-7 in the bottom of the sixth and getting to reliever Ryan Daiss in the eighth for a run and an 8-7 lead.

Gowe started off the ninth-inning comeback with a single into left field and advanced to second after a sacrifice by Sanzone. Barefoot would blast a single into right field, which scored Gowe to tie the game at 8-8. SU was not done scoring, as Breen smashed a two-RBI single into right field that scored Hrycak and sophomore Kevin Dean.

The Gulls took the 10-8 lead into the bottom of the ninth, and senior Dan Fein came on for the save. Fein quickly struck out his first batter, but the game would get interesting before it was all said and done.

With one out, Tyler Hoeflich reached on an error and advanced to second base. Then Thomas Weaver hit a single into left field, scoring Hoeflich, making the score 10-9. Fein recorded the second out before walking the next batter to put runners on first and second. A balk moved the runners into scoring position, but with two outs, Fein came through getting a groundout to Sanzone at third to give the Sea Gulls the 10-9 victory.

Daiss recorded the win for Salisbury, pitching two innings and allowing only one run.

The Sea Gulls will be back in action on Monday, March 16 when they take on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in a single-game matchup at the SU Baseball Field. The first pitch is set for 12 p.m.

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