HARRISBURG, Pa. – The No. 3 Salisbury University baseball team continued its winning ways on Monday as it notched a doubleheader sweep over Penn State University-Harrisburg in Capital Athletic Conference action.
Game 1: Salisbury 12, Penn State-Harrisburg 2
Senior Kyle Hayman got things started for the Sea Gulls in the top of the first, connecting with a leadoff single. After Hayman stole second, senior Jordan Gowe stepped up to the plate and blasted an RBI triple to score Hayman for the first run of the game. During the next at-bat, senior Bobby Sanzone would cap the scoring in the inning, grounding out to second base and sending Gowe home.
Salisbury added two more runs in the top of the second to take an early 4-0 lead. A double from Hayman that scored senior Danny Breen and a sacrifice fly from sophomore Pete Grasso that sent junior Jake Dmiterchik home accounted for the runs in the inning.
The Gulls would notch one more run in the top of the third when junior Alex Lipman scored on a wild pitch to give SU a 5-0 lead, but it would go scoreless in the next two innings.
The lack of scoring in the fourth and fifth innings was made up in the top of the sixth, as the Sea Gull offense would get hot, tallying six runs and taking an 11-0 lead. Grasso started off the scoring in the inning when he hit an RBI single that scored Dmiterchik. A two-run bomb from senior catcher Austin Barefoot would score the final runs of the inning and give the Gulls a big lead late in the contest.
Senior pitcher Dan Fein saw the start on the mound for the Gulls, pitching seven innings of work and striking out four Lions. The Southbury, Connecticut native allowed only four hits and one run in the contest. Freshman pitcher Kyle Skilling relieved Fein in the bottom of the eighth, and closed out the game for SU.
Game 2: Salisbury 6, Penn State-Harrisburg 1
Salisbury (14-0, 9-0 CAC) would not be as quick to score in the second game, but sophomore pitcher Ryan Daiss kept the Penn State-Harrisburg (4-14, 1-9 CAC) offense to a minimum, allowing only one run in his five innings of work on the mound.
The Sea Gulls went five innings before lighting up the scoreboard, and Salisbury would trail 1-0 heading into the sixth, but once again, the top of the sixth would prove to be a hot inning for SU.
Grasso started off the half inning with a lead-off home run to tie the game at 1-1, but SU was not done scoring. Lipman would come through with an RBI single to score Gowe and give the Gulls a 2-1 lead. A pair of RBI doubles from junior Tyler Hrycak and Barefoot, respectively, would account for the final runs in the inning and increase Salisbury's lead to 4-1.
In the top of the seventh, Salisbury would add two more runs to its total to take a 6-1 lead. Nittany Lions pitcher Cody Dakin would hit Grasso with a pitch, and after a fly out, would walk Sanzone and Lipman to load the bases. With two outs and the bases loaded, Barefoot would put the two runs on the board, hitting a two-run single that scored Sanzone and Grasso.
Junior pitcher Jon Schmedel took over on the mound for the Sea Gulls in the bottom of the sixth, scoring the win and pitching three hitless innings to keep the Lions from having any chance at a comeback. Junior Jeff Oster pitched an effective inning of relief in the ninth to finish off Penn State-Harrisburg.
Salisbury will be back in action on Tuesday, March 31 when it travels up route 13 to take on Wesley College in a conference matchup. The first pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.