SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 17 Salisbury University baseball team will face a familiar foe on the second day of the 2016 Capital Athletic Conference tournament championship weekend, squaring off with Marymount (Va.) University for the second time in as many days. The first pitch for the game is set for 4 p.m., on Friday, April 22.
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How we got here
The third-seeded Sea Gulls defeated second-seeded Marymount (Va.) University in the final game of the first day of the CAC tournament championship weekend, 6-5, to become the only unbeaten team left in the tournament. Freshman Ian Scheidemann pitched 6 2/3 innings in the start, only allowing three runs (two earned) to set the tone for the Gulls. Senior Jake Dmiterchik and juniors Tom LaBriola and Pete Grasso combined for seven of the team's nine hits to power the offense, while each driving in a run. With the game tied, 3-3, heading into the eighth, Dmiterchik singled to drive in LaBriola and begin a three-run inning for the win.
How they got here
Second-seeded Marymount stayed alive in the tournament with a win over Penn State University-Harrisburg in the first game of action on Friday. The Saints scored in each of the first five innings to take a commanding lead, on the way to a 10-6 victory. Brandon Orbe drove in three runs to lead the Saints, while Ryan Blake and Brandon Savage each drove in two RBI. Dylan Gerdts pitched eight innings, allowing only three earned runs and striking out five to keep the Lions contained.
Since the Marymount baseball program began before the 2014 season, Salisbury has posted a 6-1 record in the teams' meetings. This season, the Gulls hold a 2-1 edge, as the team split the two-game regular-season series, and Salisbury won Thursday's CAC tournament matchup.
Last time we met
Before Thursday's win over the Saints, the Sea Gulls won the second game of the regular-season series on April 6, 4-1, at the SU Baseball Field. Grasso pitched a dominating 6 1/3 innings. He only allowed three hits and the one run, while striking out five. He also drove in two runs at the plate with a first-inning double for the only runs he would need for the victory. Grasso finished 2-for-4 at the dish to pace the offense.
So far in the CAC tournament, the Saints hold a 2-1 record after an 11-3 first-round win over fifth-seeded Christopher Newport University on Tuesday and their 10-6 win over Harrisburg on Friday. Luke Tyree and Savage have led Marymount through the tournament, collecting five RBI each in the three games so far. Savage has also added the Saints' only home run, smacking a three-run shot against the Captains in the sixth inning. To go along with Gerdts' strong outing against Harrisburg, Sean O'Connell gave Marymount a solid start against the Captains, pitching 5 1/3 innings and only allowing two runs and five hits.
With a win, the Sea Gulls will automatically advance to the CAC championship game, needing only one win to earn the program's 13th conference title. That contest is set for Saturday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m. Even with a loss, the Gulls would still advance to the final day of championship weekend on Saturday, but they would need to win the first game of the day at 11 a.m., for a chance to play for the CAC title.