Two last at-bat outbursts propel Sea Gulls to sweep of St. Mary's

Two last at-bat outbursts propel Sea Gulls to sweep of St. Mary's

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The No. 11 Salisbury University baseball team swept St. Mary's College of Maryland in a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at St. Mary's, taking the first game 15-8 and the second game 14-2.

Salisbury 15, St. Mary's 8

After the Sea Gulls built an 8-4 lead late in game one, St. Mary's came back with four runs in the bottom of the eighth to force extra innings, but Salisbury had the answer in the top of the 10th for seven runs for the win.

The Sea Gulls did all of their damage after loading the bases with two outs, as sophomore Scott Ardoin drove in two with a single into left. After an RBI single from junior Tom LaBriola, senior Jake Dmiterchik retook the lead with a single to drive in Ardoin and LaBriola.

The final two runs came on an RBI single by freshman Jack Barry, before classmate Will Gutekunst came home as Barry stole second during the next at-bat to give the Gulls the game-one win.

Neither team was able to put up a run in the first inning, as Sea Gull starter Ian Scheidemann set down the Seahawks in order in the bottom of the inning, but St. Mary's tallied the game's first run in the bottom of the second to start a streak of four-straight half innings with runs scored.

The Seahawks took an initial 2-1 lead with runs in the second and third innings. The Sea Gulls' first run in the top of the third came on a sacrifice fly off the bat of senior Kyle Goodwin to plate senior Tyler Hrycak.

Salisbury added three more runs in its next at-bat to take its first lead. Dmiterchik and junior Pete Grasso knocked back-to-back singles to get runners on, before Barry drove home Dmiterchik on a single into left field to tie the score, 2-2.

Sophomore Brad Keith then reached on a fielder's choice, allowing Grasso to score to take the lead, before Hrycak ripped another single to left to push the advantage to 4-2.

Scheidemann held the Seahawks in the bottom of the inning to no hits, giving the Gulls a chance to extend their lead to 6-2.

Goodwin singled to lead off the fifth and came around to score in an RBI single by LaBriola, driving in his team-leading 26th RBI of the season. LaBriola proceeded to steal second, before crossing the plate on another single by Grasso.

St. Mary's got back to within two with runs in the fifth and sixth, but another two Sea Gull runs in the seventh pushed the lead back to four, 8-4. Dmiterchik singled home the first run of the inning, before Grasso notched another RBI single to drive in his second run of the game, before St. Mary's was able to come back a tie the game in eighth.

Grasso earned his second win in as many games, after pitching two innings of relief; he only allowed two hits and struck out four. Dmiterchik led the team, going 4-for-6 at the plate with three RBI and three runs scored, while LaBriola, Barry, and Grasso all tallied three hits, each.

Salisbury 14, St. Mary's 2

The Sea Gulls carried their momentum into the second game, taking a quick 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The team loaded the bases with only one away, as senior Alex Lipman was hit by a pitch, LaBriola singled, and Dmiterchik walked.

Grasso then came up and shot a single into right field, scoring Lipman, before a Seahawk error allowed LaBriola and Dmiterchik to also come around, while Grasso ended up on third.

Barry followed suit with a single to right, allowing Grasso to come in for the four-run lead.

Starting pitcher senior Jeff Oster didn't need much else from the Salisbury offense, as he earned his second win in the game; he pitched 7 1/3 innings, while scattering four hits, striking out four, and allowing only two runs. Through the first seven innings, he did not allow a run, while setting the Seahawks down in order three times.

The Sea Gulls tacked on one more in the fifth inning, as Keith took a 1-and-0 pitch into right field for a single to score Grasso. Grasso got things going with a two-out single, before stealing second and moving to third on an error. Keith finished the game with a team-high three RBI

The Salisbury pitching continued to hold the St. Mary's offense, as senior Connor Shockley came in for 1 2/3 innings of relief, only allowing one hit, before the Sea Gulls exploded for nine runs in the ninth inning.

Salisbury batted around in the inning, as Keith and LaBriola each drove in two runs in the frame. Keith drove in his runs on a single to center, before LaBriola ripped a double into left for his two. LaBriola now sits at 29 RBI on the season, tying with Dmiterchik for the team lead.

The Gulls also got RBI singles in the inning from senior Mike LaBriola, Goodwin, Ardoin, and Dmiterchik.

Tom LaBriola and Grasso finished with three hits, each, to lead the team, while Tom LaBriola also scored three runs to pace the team.

Salisbury is back in action on Monday, March 28 at Stevenson University; the first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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