Baseball splits doubleheader with Mary Washington

Baseball splits doubleheader with Mary Washington

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 12 Salisbury University baseball team split its Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader with the University of Mary Washington on Monday afternoon at the SU Baseball Field, winning the first game 11-6, before dropping the second contest 23-6 in five innings.

Salisbury 11, Mary Washington 6

The Sea Gulls jumped out to a quick lead in the first inning, after starting pitcher, freshman Ian Scheidemann set down the Eagles in order in the top of the first.

Back-to-back singles by seniors Kyle Goodwin and Alex Lipman got things going for Salisbury, setting up a three-run home run off the bat of junior Tom LaBriola. LaBriola launched the first pitch he saw to right-center field for a 3-0 lead.

After Mary Washington got back to within one in the top of the second with a two-run frame, LaBriola added his team-leading fourth RBI of the game in the bottom of the inning to extend the SU lead to 4-2.

Junior Robbie Jones doubled to lead off the second, before LaBriola drove him home on a single to center. LaBriola now has 40 RBI on the season, which leads the team.

Both starting pitchers would settle down from there, not allowing a run for the next four innings. Scheidemann allowed only three hits in the span, while tossing two three-up, three-down frames. He pitched seven innings with six strikeouts, before taking a no decision in the contest.

The Eagles restarted the scoring in the seventh with three runs to take a 5-4 lead, but it was short lived, as the Gulls answered back with two in their half of the inning.

Three walks loaded the bases, allowing senior Tyler Hrycak to drive in the first run on a fielder's choice, before freshman Jack Barry drove a 1-and-2 pitch up the middle to regain the lead, 6-5.

Mary Washington tied the game in the eighth, but Salisbury again responded, this time with five runs to put the game away.

Lipman crushed a home run to center to break the stalemate. After LaBriola singled, senior Jake Dmiterchik smashed a two-run homer to right center to cushion the lead.

Barry added the final two runs on a single, as he finished second on the team with three RBI in the game.

Junior Pete Grasso earned the win in the game, pitching the final two innings and allowing only two hits, while striking out two.

LaBriola finished 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored to lead the team, along with the four RBI.

Mary Washington 23, Salisbury 6

The Eagles got going early with three runs in each of the first two innings to build a lead, but the Sea Gulls came through with three runs of their own in the bottom of the second to cut into the deficit.

After a three-run first by Mary Washington, Goodwin ripped his fifth home run of the year to lead off the game for Salisbury in the bottom of the inning.

Grasso followed suit in the second, hitting his team-leading seventh long ball of the season to lead off the inning.

The Gulls kept the inning going, as sophomore Brad Keith singled, and Hrycak walked to get two on with no outs. Keith came home on a single by Barry, before Goodwin knocked in his second run, finding a hole through the right side to plate Hrycak and cut the Eagles' lead to 6-4.

However, Mary Washington broke the game open in the third with six runs, before adding seven more in the fourth. The Eagles would end up scoring in each inning of the game, before it was called after the fifth inning due to darkness.

LaBriola drove in Salisbury's final RBI with a single in the fourth to score Goodwin, before the Gulls' final run would come in the fifth on a passed ball.

Goodwin finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Keith went 3-for-3 with two runs scored to lead the team.

The Sea Gulls next travel down Route 50 to Arthur W. Perdue Stadium for their next game, meeting the Delmarva Shorebirds in the teams' annual exhibition on Tuesday, April 5. The game is set for 7:05 p.m.

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