BUENA VISTA, Va. – The No. 4 Salisbury University baseball team added two more wins on Saturday in its first Capital Athletic Conference double header of the season, defeating Southern Virginia University 4-1 and 11-1 in the two games, respectively.
Salisbury 4, Southern Virginia 1
The Sea Gulls continued their trend of hot starts in the game, scoring in the first inning for the sixth-straight game to take a 1-0 lead.
Goodwin then came in to score on a ground out by junior Pete Grasso for the early advantage. It was the first of two RBI for Grasso in the first game, as junior Tom LaBriola and he tied to lead the team with two each.
Grasso drove in his second run in the top of the third on a two-out single into right field, scoring junior Kevin Dean for a 2-0 lead.
The two runs were all starting pitcher, junior, Ryan Daiss needed, as he pitched a complete game, only giving up one run and two hits, while striking out seven. He only allowed one hit through the first seven innings, as the team continued to add to the lead.
LaBriola drove in his runs in the fifth and seventh innings, respectively. In the fifth, he added another two-out RBI, giving him 11 on the year, coming to the plate with two runners on. He singled to right, allowing Lipman to come in from second to push the lead to 3-0.
Grasso led off the seventh with a single, before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Jake Dmiterchik. In the next at-bat, LaBriola connected for another single, this time through the middle, to score Grasso and cap Salisbury's scoring.
Daiss allowed his only other hit and the only Knights' run in the eighth, before closing the game out in the ninth on two fly outs and a ground out for his first win of the season.
Grasso and LaBriola both tallied three hits in the game to lead the offense, while senior Tyler Hrycak added two more.
Salisbury 11, Southern Virginia 1
The Salisbury bats came alive to score in the first four innings to start game two, building freshman Ian Scheidemann a cushion to work with in his first start of the year.
Goodwin got on to lead off the game with a single. After a ground out and wild pitch advanced him to third, LaBriola drove a double down the right-field line for another two-out RBI, scoring Goodwin for a 1-0 edge in the first.
The Gulls kept the scoring going in the second, breaking out for five runs. Goodwin came up with two on to get things going, sending a single into right field to score both runners.
On the next at-bat, a Knights' error allowed Goodwin to cross home, while Lipman reached, setting up Grasso for a two-run home run. The homer was his third of the year, building the lead to 6-0.
A Hyrcak RBI single in the third and a Dmiterchik RBI ground out in the fourth provided Scheidemann an 8-0 edge to work with for his first collegiate win. He pitched six innings in the game, allowing only one run and three hits with two strike outs.
Salisbury added three more runs in the seventh to close out its scoring for the win. Freshman Jack Barry notched his first-career home run, a two-run shot, to highlight the inning.
Four Sea Gulls finished the game with two RBI, each, while LaBriola added another three hits. Goodwin also collected three hits in the contest.
Salisbury travels to Kean University for its next game on Tuesday, March 15, before returning home on Wednesday, March 16 to host CAC-foe Wesley College. The first pitch on Tuesday is set for 2:30 p.m.