SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 3 Salisbury University baseball team notched a doubleheader sweep over Southern Virginia University on Saturday afternoon, earning a comeback victory in game one and recording its first shutout of the season in game two.
Game 1: Salisbury 8, Southern Virginia 5
Senior Dan Fein saw the start on the mound for Salisbury and got into some trouble early, allowing two runs off three hits in the top of the second inning.
Southern Virginia got to Fein again in the top of the fourth, scoring two more runs to take a 4-0 advantage.
The Sea Gulls were able to get on the board in the bottom of the fourth, notching one run in the inning to cut into the Knights' lead.
Senior Jordan Gowe led off the inning and singled to the shortstop before shifting over to second when senior Bobby Sanzone was walked. After advancing to third on a fielder's choice, Gowe scored on a ball that was hit into a double play.
Salisbury continued to break into Southern Virginia's lead in the bottom of the fifth, scoring two runs to make the score 4-3.
Junior Jake Dmiterchik stepped up to the plate, reached first on an error by the Knights' pitcher and advanced to second on a throwing error on the same play. Senior Kyle Hayman came up next and hit a bunt single that sent Dmiterchik to third base. Hayman quickly stole second and put himself into scoring position before Gowe powered a two-RBI single through the right side to score Hayman and Dmiterchik.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Sea Gulls scored two more runs to take a 5-4 lead, their first lead of the contest.
Hayman started the half-inning with a lead-off walk and would advance to second on a groundout before a single from Gowe got him to third. On the next at-bat, Sanzone squared up his stance and executed a sacrifice bunt to score Hayman. With two outs, the go-ahead run was scored when Lipman singled to right-center, sending Gowe home and giving the Gulls a 5-4 advantage.
Southern Virginia evened the score at 5-5 in the top of the eighth when Masen Fenn homered to right field, but Salisbury's offense would answer in the bottom half of the inning and retake the lead for good.
Senior Danny Breen hit a single to the shortstop for the first hit of the inning. After a wild pitch sent Breen to second, the Owings, Maryland native would steal third base to go deeper into scoring position. One batter later, after Hayman was walked, Grasso singled through the right side, scoring Breen and advancing Hayman to third. Gowe stepped up next and accounted for the final two runs of the game, blasting a two-RBI double into right field.
The Easton, Maryland native went 4-for-4 in the first game, tallying four RBIs and two runs.
Junior Jon Schmedel improved his pitching record to 3-0, earning the win on the mound for the Sea Gulls. The Mountainside, New Jersey native allowed only one run and one hit in his two innings of work.
Game 2: Salisbury 6, Southern Virginia 0
It would take until the bottom of the third for Salisbury to get on the scoreboard in the second game, but sophomore pitcher Ryan Daiss and the Sea Gull defense would not allow a Knight run for the entire game, as SU notched its first shutout of the season.
Grasso reached first in the bottom of the third after he was hit by a pitch and would make his way to third on the next at-bat when Gowe jammed a single through the right side. Sanzone recorded his second sacrifice bunt of the day to score Grasso and give SU a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Gulls added another run to its total to take a 2-0 lead. Senior catcher Austin Barefoot notched the run in the inning after he reached home on a fielding error by Southern Virginia's shortstop.
The Sea Gull (18-0, 13-0 CAC) offense would open up in the bottom of the seventh, scoring three insurance runs to put the game out of reach.
Grasso sent a single through the left side before stealing second to get into scoring position. On the next at-bat, Knights' (5-14, 4-9 CAC) pitcher Zach McNally struck out Gowe, but an error allowed him to reach first, while Grasso advanced home to score.
After Gowe stole second, he would score when Sanzone hit a single up the middle. Barefoot capped the scoring in the inning when he hit a ground out to the second baseman that scored Sanzone.
Salisbury notched one more run to finish off Southern Virginia in the bottom of the eighth when a single from Grasso scored Breen to put the score at 6-0.
Daiss earned the win on the mound, throwing nine strikeouts and giving up only five hits in eight innings of work. Sophomore Kyle Skilling pitched a hitless inning of relief in the top of the ninth to close out the game.
The Sea Gulls will be back in action on Monday, April 6 when they take on St. Mary's College of Maryland in a conference doubleheader at the SU Baseball Field. The first pitch is set for 1 p.m.