SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 4 Salisbury University baseball team celebrated senior day with a 6-3 victory over the College of Staten Island on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action. The Salisbury seniors were recognized in a ceremony that was held before the game.
Senior Brett Collacchi, who recorded his 10th start of the season, started off hot, allowing no hits in the first inning of action to keep Staten Island scoreless through one.
The Sea Gull offense complimented Collacchi's pitching by scoring two runs in the bottom of the first to take an early 2-0 lead.
Sophomore Pete Grasso started things off when he reached first after he was hit by a pitch. Senior Jordan Gowe stepped up to the plate and hit a one-out RBI double through the left side to score Grasso for the first run of the game. Senior Bobby Sanzone kept the scoring going on the next at-bat when he connected with a single through the left side to score Gowe and make it 2-0.
Collacchi continued his strong pitching in the second inning, giving up just one hit and notching a strikeout to keep Staten Island off the board.
In the bottom of the second, Salisbury's offense opened up again, this time scoring three runs to take a commanding 5-0 lead.
Junior Tyler Hrycak started the inning with a leadoff walk to get on first before he advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from junior Kyle Goodwin. Senior Kyle Hayman then hit an RBI double down the left-field line to score Hrycak. Grasso hit a two-out single on the next at-bat and quickly moved to second and then to third on back-to-back wild pitches, before Gowe was walked to put runners on the corners with two outs. Sanzone cleaned up and hit a two-RBI triple, scoring Gowe and Grasso to put the score at 5-0.
The Dolphins (21-13) answered the Sea Gulls' big second inning with two runs of their own in the top of the third off a two-run homer from Elijah Rodriguez that cut into Salisbury's lead. Staten Island tallied another run in the top of the fourth to put the score at 5-3, but SU did not allow another Dolphin run in the game.
The Sea Gulls (27-4) scored one more run in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 6-3, which proved to be enough for Salisbury to earn the win.
With two outs, senior catcher Austin Barefoot connected with a single through the left side and advanced to second on a wild pitch from Dolphin pitcher Juan Rodriguez. With a runner in scoring position, junior Alex Lipman came up big with a double down the left-field line which sent Barefoot home for the final run of the game.
Collacchi went seven innings on the mound, recording three strikeouts and allowing just seven hits to earn his fifth win on the season and the 30th of his career. Junior Jeff Oster closed out the last three innings on the mound in fashion, retiring the side in order for all three innings and throwing eight strikeouts in a row to end the game.
Salisbury will be back in action on Tuesday, May 5 when they travel to Baltimore, Maryland to take on Johns Hopkins University in a single-game matchup. The first pitch for that game is set for 3 p.m.