APPLETON, Wisc. – After making its second-straight, and fifth overall, appearance in the NCAA Division III College World Series, the No. 5 Salisbury University baseball team exited the NCAA championships on Saturday evening, falling to Trinity (Texas) University, 9-1.
For the first two innings, the contest was scoreless, with both starting pitchers allowing minimal hits. Senior starter Dan Fein started off strong, allowing just one Tiger hit in his first two innings on the mound.
The Sea Gulls (33-6-1) had an opportunity in the top of the first when senior Kyle Hayman singled up the middle and stole second base to get into scoring position, but the Wilmington, Delaware native would get stranded on base.
In the bottom of the third, the Tigers' bats got hot, as they scored five runs in the inning to take an early 5-0 lead. Nick Jewett led off the inning with a double into left-center and scored on the next at-bat when Brody Fehmel sent an RBI double to the opposite side in right-center. A single from Connor Moore got Fehmel to third before a sacrifice from Colin Serkowski sent Fehmel home. A wild pitch got Moore home for the next run and a two-RBI triple from Jose Santos capped the scoring in the inning.
The Gulls answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth when senior Jordan Gowe led off the inning and turned on the first pitch from Matt Tindall, sending a long ball over the left-field fence to cut Trinity's lead to 5-1. Senior catcher Austin Barefoot powered a two-out double down the right field line two at-bats later, but a groundout on the next at-bat ended the inning.
Tindall retired the Salisbury side in order in the fifth and sixth innings before rattling off four more runs in the bottom of the seventh to go up 9-1, a lead which the Sea Gulls could not overcome. A two-RBI single to right field from Santos highlighted the scoring in the inning, sending Carter McEachern and Drew Butler home.
Fein went 2 2/3 innings on the hill, recording a strikeout, while senior Kyle Hamby came in to pitch for the next 3 2/3 innings notching three strikeouts. Junior Jeff Oster closed out the final 1 2/3 innings for the Gulls, picking up two strikeouts.
Gowe led the day offensively for SU, going 1-for-4 with a home run, while Barefoot had a 2-for-4 day.
The contest marks the end of the careers of 11 Salisbury seniors – Brett Collacchi, Bobby Sanzone, Danny Breen, Sam Myers, Dylan Anderson, Tyler Illian, Barefoot, Fein, Gowe, Hamby, and Hayman. The Sea Gulls have boasted an overall record of 137-33-1 over the past four seasons, winning three Capital Athletic Conference championships, and making two College World Series appearances.