SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 4 Salisbury University baseball team has a chance to win its fourth-straight Capital Athletic Conference championship on Sunday, April 19, needing a doubleheader sweep over No. 3 Frostburg State University to capture the conference crown.
The second-seeded Sea Gulls will take on the No. 1 seed Bobcats in Frostburg, Maryland, with the first game set to begin at 10 a.m., and the second game, if necessary, starting at 1:30 p.m.
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How we got here
Salisbury captured two wins on Saturday, defeating and eliminating Christopher Newport University and the University of Mary Washington from the tournament. Defense prevailed in the Sea Gulls' matchup against the Captains, as sophomore Ryan Daiss pitched a complete game two-hitter, working a no-hitter all the way into the eighth and striking out five. SU used a three-run top of the fourth, led by an RBI single from senior Danny Breen, to help it earn a 4-1 victory.
The Gulls picked up their second win of the day when they defeated the Eagles, 9-6. Salisbury took a big 7-0 lead into the sixth, led by the bat of Breen, who tallied four RBI in the contest. Mary Washington battled back in the top of the sixth, scoring five runs, but two more runs came across for the Sea Gulls to put the game away.
How they got here
Frostburg State has gone through the tournament unscathed and unchallenged, picking up wins over Christopher Newport, Marymount (Va.) University, and Mary Washington. The Bobcats gave the Eagles their first loss of the tournament before they were eliminated by the Sea Gulls, swinging to a 7-2 win. Nick McElfish led Frostburg State in the game, going 2-for-3 and tallying three RBI. Greg Schneider earned the win on the mound for the Bobcats, pitching a complete game and striking out 12 Eagles.
Scouting Frostburg State
The Bobcats come into tomorrow's championship matchup as the No. 3 team in the nation and boast a 30-3 overall record. Nick Walker leads the squad offensively, powering team highs in hits (48), doubles (11), and triples (four). Another offensive threat for the Bobcats is Ricky Brady, who leads the team in home runs with nine on the season and has the second-most doubles on the team with nine.
Frostburg State also has a strong pitching staff, led by Bennett Schiltz. Schiltz has a 9-0 record on the mound this season, and is boasting a 1.38 ERA, which is second-best in the conference. Clayton Freimuth is another dangerous threat on the mound for the Bobcats. Freimuth is tied for first in the CAC in strikeouts with 77 and has the third-best 1.98 ERA.
On April 11, Salisbury traveled to take on Frostburg State University in doubleheader. The Sea Gulls entered the twin bill as the undefeated No. 3 team in the nation, and the then-No. 6 Bobcats prevailed in a doubleheader sweep, handing Salisbury its first two losses of the season. The Sea Gulls look to avenge their losses to the Bobcats, needing a doubleheader sweep of their own to get revenge and win the conference championship.
The winner of the conference championship will receive the CAC's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament, which begins on May 13. The Sea Gulls will be back in action on Wednesday, April 22 when Salisbury travels to take on Washington (Md.) College in a single-game matchup. The first pitch for that contest is set for 3:30 p.m.