SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 5 Salisbury University baseball team remained unbeaten on the season, and in four Capital Athletic Conference games, taking down Christopher Newport University on Wednesday afternoon at the SU Baseball Field, 12-3.
The Sea Gulls (8-0, 4-0 CAC) got a stellar performance from senior lefthander Dan Fein, who worked seven innings, giving up just three hits, while Alex Lipman led the offensive outburst with a 3-for-3 day at the plate.
Each team would get a hit in the first inning, but Salisbury's was erased by a pickoff from Christopher Newport starting pitcher Adam Emerson, while the Captains' runner was eliminated on a double play expertly started by sophomore Pete Grasso in the hole at shortstop.
Salisbury would take the early lead, with the benefit of just one hit in the bottom of the second. Bobby Sanzone opened things with an infield single, and advanced on a sacrifice bunt before Emerson walked a pair of batters to load the bases. Senior designated hitter Danny Breen, aggressive at the plate, fouled off the first four pitches he faced before Emerson came inside, plunking Breen to force in the first run.
Fein was the beneficiary of another double play, this time in the second, to maintain the one-run lead until the Salisbury bats exploded for six hits and seven two-out runs in the third.
Grasso reached on a one-out single in the third before advancing on the passed ball and eventually scoring on Sanzone's two-out single through the left side.
Breen picked up his second RBI of the day, with a single through the left side before junior Jake Dmiterchik cleared the bases with a double off the fence in left-center field. The Gulls would add one more, a single by Hayman, to push the lead to eight runs.
The scoring was plenty for Fein, who needed just 70 pitches to get through his seven innings, facing just two batters over the minimum. He struck out three, while improving to 3-0 on the year.
Salisbury added three more runs in the fifth, on Grasso's two-run double, and an RBI groundout from Gowe. The final run came home on Joey Gumpman's RBI groundout in the eighth.
The Captains (7-7, 1-5 CAC) got their three runs in the ninth inning, off three hits, but could not get closer than the nine-run deficit.
Lipman and Sanzone each finished with three hits for the Sea Gulls, while Dmiterchik, Grasso and Hayman each had two.
The win caps off a stretch of five games over the past four days, as Salisbury will have a couple days off before returning to action on Saturday, March 21, when the Sea Gulls will host York College of Pennsylvania in a CAC doubleheader, with the first pitch slated for noon.