YORK, Pa. – After taking down Alvernia University in the winner's bracket final on Friday, May 15, the No. 5 Salisbury University baseball team now prepares for the Mid-Atlantic Regional championship game of the 2015 NCAA baseball tournament and a chance to take a trip to Appleton, Wisconsin for its second-straight College World Series. The Sea Gulls will compete at 2:30 p.m., for the championship against the winner of Saturday's Johns Hopkins University/Alvernia matchup, which is at 11 a.m. The game, originally slated for a 3:30 p.m., start has been moved up an hour because of possible weather moving into the area later today.
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How we got here
After earning wins over Mitchell College and Penn State University-Berks in their first two games of the regional tournament, the Sea Gulls carried their momentum into Friday's bout against Alvernia University in the winner's bracket final, taking down the Crusaders, 13-3, to advance to the championship game.
Salisbury had five players record three hits in the contest, as the Gulls outhit the Crusaders, 21-9. Sophomore Pete Grasso was a key player on the offensive side, going 3-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Junior Jeff Oster earned his first win on the mound in the game, going 4 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits and recording four strikeouts.
Wait and see
Johns Hopkins University and Alvernia will compete in an elimination game at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 16, with the winner advancing to face Salisbury in the championship game. Johns Hopkins fell to Misericordia University on the first day of the regional, before earning victories over Catholic University of America and Penn State-Berks on Thursday and Friday, respectively. The Blue Jays had to play another game on Friday against Misericordia, and got revenge on the Cougars, defeating them, 7-5, and eliminating them from the tournament.
Alvernia started off the tournament with wins over Catholic and Misericordia to make its way into the winner's bracket before falling to Salisbury, 13-3, on Friday.
Producing strong offense
Seven players in Salisbury's starting lineup have had at least 11 multiple-hit games this season, with Jordan Gowe leading the team with 19 multiple-hit games on the year. Pete Grasso has 16 multiple-hit efforts, while Alex Lipman has captured 16 multiple-hit games. Gowe has been a dominant force on the offense all year, as he leads the team in hits with 58, and in doubles with 17. The Easton, Maryland native has also recorded a team-high 47 RBIs. As a team, the Sea Gulls have recorded a .359 batting average, which is in the top five in the nation.
If Salisbury wins on Saturday, it will advance to the College World Series. If the Sea Gulls lose, they will compete in a final single game on Sunday, May 17 at 1 p.m., for the regional championship and a trip to the World Series.