SALISBURY, Md. – As the No. 5 Salisbury University baseball team gets ready for its second-straight College World Series appearance, the American Baseball Coaches Association and D3baseball.com announced its All-region Selections, and four Sea Gulls were honored overall.
Senior Danny Breen earned ABCA and D3baseball first-team honors, while seniors Jordan Gowe and Kyle Hayman and sophomore Pete Grasso were named third-team ABCA All-Region. Hayman also landed on the D3baseball.com second-team All-Region, while Gowe earned third-team honors.
Breen has been one of Salisbury's biggest offensive threats all year long. The designated hitter is tied for 21st in the nation in batting average, recording a .438 mark, which is the top mark on the team. Breen leads the team in slugging percentage (.656) and on-base percentage (.503). The Owings, Maryland native is also second on the team in hits, with 56, and in doubles, powering 10 on the year. Breen had strong performances throughout the Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament, including tallying four hits, including a home run, and five RBIs against Penn State University-Berks on Thursday, May 14.
Hayman has had another spectacular year in his senior season with the Sea Gulls. The Wilmington, Delaware native has scored 42 runs this year, which is second on the team, and has notched 54 hits, which is tied for third on the squad. The center fielder leads the team in stolen bases and also has a team-high five triples in 2015, which is tied for 30th in the nation. Hayman's strongest performance of the regional tournament came against Alvernia University in the championship game. Hayman went 2-for-3 on the evening, scoring two runs, tallying an RBI, and stealing two bases.
Gowe has been another one of Salisbury's top hitters this season. Gowe is the team leader in hits (58), doubles (17), and RBIs (48). The Easton, Maryland native is currently notching .50 doubles per game, which is eighth in the nation. Gowe has also found himself at No. 20 in the nation in runs batted in per game, recording a 1.29 mark this season. The left fielder played well throughout the Mid-Atlantic Regional, including a 3-for-5 day with two runs and two RBIs in a 13-3 victory over Alvernia.
Grasso has continued the success from his freshman campaign, putting together another dominant season, both offensively and defensively. Grasso is the team leader in runs scored (54) and has the second-most RBIs on the squad (47). The Wilmington, Delaware native is also third on the team in hits (54) and triples (three). The shortstop has been a stalwart in the field as well, recording a .927 fielding percentage with 102 assists and 51 putouts. Grasso also has seen valuable time on the mound this year, recording 39 strikeouts, which is tied for third on the team.
Salisbury now gets set for its first matchup of the 2015 College World Series on Friday, May 22, when the Sea Gulls take on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin. The game time is set for 8:45 p.m., eastern time.