SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 8 Salisbury University baseball team moved to 5-1 in Capital Athletic Conference play on Saturday, splitting a doubleheader with No. 11 Frostburg State University at the SU Baseball Field.
Frostburg 4, Salisbury 3
The first game featured good starting pitching on both sides, with freshman Ian Scheidemann throwing seven innings for the Sea Gulls. He allowed only two runs and struck out eight Bobcats, despite taking a no decision.
Scheidemann retired the side in order in each of the first two innings and only allowed two hits through the first three innings, but Frostburg struck first with a run in the top of the fourth on a two-out single by Cody Harman.
Salisbury had a chance to answer in the bottom of the inning, when junior Pete Grasso led off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Jake Dmiterchik. Junior Tom LaBriola came up and found a hole through the right side of the infield for a single, but Grasso was thrown out trying to score from second on the play.
It only took until the next inning for the Gulls to find their first runs. Sophomore Brad Keith led off with a double, bringing senior Tyler Hrycak to the plate. Hrycak took a 2-and-1 pitch deep to left field for his first-of-two home runs on the day, with this two-run shot giving Salisbury the lead, 2-1.
Frostburg's Brad Garrant quickly tied the game with a solo homer in the top of the six, and the score would remain tied for the next two innings.
Scheidemann found himself with runners on the corners with no outs to start the seventh inning, but held the game even by forcing a fly out to center before an inning-ending double play to work out of the jam.
The Sea Gulls broke the stalemate in the eighth, with Hrycak coming through again. LaBriola walked and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Jack Barry to set up the inning. Hrycak drove LaBriola home with a two-out single up the middle for the 3-2 edge.
However, Frostburg was able to come back for the win with two runs in the top of the ninth. Two Salisbury errors in the inning aided the Bobcats, as the second allowed both runners to score.
Salisbury 8, Frostburg 4
The Sea Gulls came back in the second game to even the twin bill, behind another strong pitching performance and Hrycak's second long ball.
Senior Jeff Oster got the start in the contest, only allowing two hits through the first four innings to allow the Gulls to grab an early lead.
In the bottom of the second, Dmiterchik and LaBriola started the frame with back-to-back singles, before Keith walked to load the bases. Dmiterchik came home on the next at-bat, as Barry picked up a base on balls. In all, the Sea Gulls hitters collected 10 walks in the game.
With sophomore Scott Ardoin at the plate, it was the Sea Gulls who would take advantage of an error this time, scoring two runs on the play for a 3-0 advantage.
Frostburg got back to within one in the fifth on a two-run home run, but Salisbury distanced itself again two innings later. Hrycak came up with runners on the corners, after Dmiterchik walked and LaBriola singled. He quickly plated both base runners and himself, launching a no-doubt home run to left on a 2-and-0 pitch to take a 6-2 lead. In the two games, Hrycak combined to go 3-for-8 with the two homers and six RBI.
The Bobcats got one back in the top of the eighth, but the Gulls added two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Dmiterchik drove one in on a double down the left-field line, before junior Kevin Dean walked home the second, pushing the lead to 8-3.
Frostburg added one more run in the ninth, but that was all the Gulls would allow.
Oster earned his first win of the season in the game, pitching five innings with five strikeouts. Sophomore Connor Reeves came in for four innings in relief, earning his first save; he allowed only one earned run and struck out two in the game.
The Sea Gulls travel to Marymount (Va.) University for their next game in CAC action on Wednesday, March 23; first pitch is set for 1 p.m.