FROSTBURG, Md. – The No. 4 Salisbury University baseball team rattled off nine hits on Sunday morning, but could not get across home plate, as the Sea Gulls fell to No. 3 Frostburg State University, 6-0, in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament championship game.
The Sea Gulls (24-4) had a chance to take an early lead in the top of the first inning when senior Jordan Gowe reached first on a two-out single into left field. Senior Bobby Sanzone stepped up to the plate and blasted a double into right field, and it appeared Gowe was going to score when he slid into home, but the Easton, Maryland native was tagged out at for the final out of the inning.
The Bobcats' (31-3) offense got started early in the contest, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first to take 2-0 lead. Greg Schneider started things with a leadoff double through the right side before Ricky Castro sent a two-run home run over the right field fence to put the score at 2-0.
Frostburg State added another run in the bottom of the second to increase its lead to 3-0.
In the top of the third, Salisbury would get in scoring position again, but could not come out of the inning with a run. Sophomore Scott Ardoin started things with a leadoff walk and moved to second when senior Kyle Hayman connected with a single through the right side. Sophomore Pete Grasso, who saw the start on the mound, came up to bat next and executed a sacrifice bunt, advancing Hayman to second and Ardoin to third. The Sea Gulls had a chance with two runners in scoring position, but back-to-back strikeouts by Bobcat starting pitcher Clayton Freimuth ended the inning.
Salisbury's defense was able to keep Frostburg State scoreless in the bottom of the third, but the Bobcats came back in the bottom of the fourth with another run, extending their lead to 4-0.
Frostburg State would score two more runs in the bottom of the sixth off two RBI singles from Schneider and Zach Weiss, building a 6-0 lead and putting the game out of reach.
Grasso went six innings on the mound, registering four strikeouts and allowing six earned runs before moving back to shortstop for the final two innings. Senior Dan Fein pitched two innings of relief, allowing just three hits and notching a strikeout.
Senior Danny Breen led the Sea Gulls in the game, going 3-for-4 on a day that saw Salisbury leave six runners on base.
The trip to the CAC championship is the fourth-straight season the Sea Gulls have made it to the conference final.
Salisbury will travel to Chestertown, Maryland on Wednesday, April 22 to take on Washington (Md.) College in a single-game matchup. That game is set to begin at 3:30 p.m.