Strong offense leads Sea Gulls past Seahawks in doubleheader sweep

Strong offense leads Sea Gulls past Seahawks in doubleheader sweep

SALISBURY, Md. – The bats were hot all day for the No. 3 Salisbury University baseball team, as it took down St. Mary's College of Maryland, 31-12 and 28-0, in a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader on Monday.

Game 1: Salisbury 31, St. Mary's (Md.) 12

The Sea Gulls started off game one strong, scoring nine runs in a long first inning to take a huge lead early.

Senior Kyle Hayman got things started when he reached first and advanced to second on an error by the Seahawks' shortstop. An infield single from sophomore Pete Grasso would get Hayman to third before senior Bobby Sanzone singled through the left side to score him.

Grasso got home on the next at-bat when St. Mary's (8-16, 5-10 CAC) catcher committed a throwing error.

After junior Alex Lipman and senior Austin Barefoot reached on a fielder's choice and a walk, respectively, a double from junior Tyler Hrycak would send both runners and Sanzone, home to put the score at 5-0.

Senior Danny Breen stepped up to the plate next and singled through the left side, advancing Hrycak to third. After Breen stole second, he, along with Hrycak, would score when junior Jake Dmiterchik cracked a single into left field.

Hayman saw his second at-bat of the inning and reached on a fielding error by the shortstop which sent Dmiterchik to third. Grasso then hit an infield single which scored Dmiterchik and advanced Hayman to third.

A sacrifice fly from Gowe accounted for the final run of the inning, sending Hayman home and giving the Gulls a 9-0 advantage.

In the bottom of the second, the Salisbury bats stayed hot, as the Sea Gulls added seven more runs to their total in the half inning.

The scoring in the inning was highlighted by a two-RBI triple to right center from Hrycak that scored sophomore Tom LaBriola and Lipman.

The offense kept going in the bottom of the third, with six more runs coming across for SU in the inning, including a two-RBI single from LaBriola that helped the Gulls take a 22-0 lead.

Salisbury went on to score nine more runs and saw St. Mary's score 12 runs to put the final at 31-12.

Senior Brett Collacchi saw the start on the mound, allowing six hits and three runs while notching a strikeout in his four innings of work. Freshman Josh Greenberg earned his first win as a pitcher and pitched three innings of relief, recording a strikeout. Senior Dylan Anderson and sophomore John Britton each pitched an inning of relief in the game.

Juniors Mike LaBriola and Joey Gumpman both connected for their first homers of their careers in the game.

Game 2: Salisbury 28, St. Mary's (Md) 0

Grasso started on the mound in the second game and earned his first win as a pitcher this season. The Wilmington, Delaware native pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing only one hit and tallying eight strikeouts in the contest.

Along with pitching, Grasso also got the scoring started off in game two, powering his fifth home run of the season over the right-center fence. The long ball also scored Hayman, who reached when he hit a leadoff single into left field.

The Gulls (20-0, 15-0 CAC) scored one more run in the bottom of the first before the offense opened up again for six runs in the bottom of the second.

The scoring in the inning was highlighted by a three-run home run into left field from Sanzone, which was his first blast of the season.

In the bottom of the third, four more runs came across home plate for Salisbury, including a double down the left-field line by Dmiterchik that scored Hrycak.

Sophomore Scott Ardoin paced SU in the bottom of the fourth, as his RBI-double into left-center helped the Gulls take a 16-0 lead.

Salisbury scored 12 more runs, all in the bottom of the sixth, to cap the scoring on the day.

In the half-inning, Gowe hit a solo home run over the left-center fence for his first homer of the year. Five batters later, Dmiterchik notched the first home run of his career, firing a grand slam well over the left-center fence.

The Sea Gulls set a new program record for combined points in a doubleheader, with 59 runs, which is the most since February 27, 2005 when they scored 44 in a twin bill against the College of Staten Island.

The 31 points scored in game one is the most since Salisbury scored 35 against Albertus Magnus College in 2014.
The Sea Gulls will be back in action on Tuesday, April 7 when they take on Baltimore Orioles single-A affiliate the Delmarva Shorebirds at Perdue Stadium. The first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

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