LaBriola named CAC Player of the Year; six Gulls named to All-CAC teams

LaBriola named CAC Player of the Year; six Gulls named to All-CAC teams

YORK, Pa. – Salisbury University baseball junior Tom LaBriola headlined six All-Capital Athletic Conference baseball selections for the No. 10 Sea Gulls, being named the CAC's Player of the Year, the league announced on Tuesday.

LaBriola has had a break-out season in his first full year as the team's starting catcher, leading to the program's sixth Player of the Year and a first-team All-CAC selection; both are career firsts for LaBriola. He has started in all 35 of Salisbury games this season and currently leads the CAC with a .445 batting average, 65 hits, and 55 runs batted in, while ranking fourth with 46 runs scored, tying for sixth with 12 doubles, and smashing four home runs. LaBriola has taken advantage of his RBI opportunities all season, leading the team with a .515 average with runners in scoring position; he is batting .824 with a runner on third with less than two outs, as well.

He also has been a rally killer behind the plate, tying for the league lead with 17 runners caught stealing.

LaBriola was one-of-five Sea Gulls to be named to the all-conference first team, joined by seniors Jake Dmiterchik and Kyle Goodwin, junior Pete Grasso, and sophomore Brad Keith.

Grasso is making his second-straight appearance on the All-CAC first team. This season, he ranks third in the conference with 60 hits and a .414 average. He is tied for first with four triples, is ranked fourth with 14 doubles, and is tied for seventh with seven home runs. Grasso has also driven in 45, which is tied for fourth in the league.

Dmiterchik earned his first All-CAC nod, after taking over the starting first base duties for the Gulls this season. He currently ranks second in the conference with a .417 batting average and sits No. 4 with nine home runs, which leads the Sea Gulls. Dmiterchik is third in the CAC with 48 RBI and is tied for seventh with 43 runs scored. He has also driven nine doubles and stolen eight bases on the year.

Goodwin is also making his first all-conference appearance, earning the bid as an outfielder. He has played both corner-outfield spots for the Gulls and has been the table setter for the offense all year. He leads the league with 53 runs scored and is tied for first with a .503 on-base percentage. Goodwin is ninth in the league with 56 hits and a .392 average and has flashed his power with seven home runs, tying for seventh in the league. He has also driven in 33 runs.

Keith is in his first season with Salisbury, earning the designated hitter spot on the All-CAC first team. He is hitting .360 this season, good for 16th in the conference, along with a .458 on-base percentage for 14th in the league. Keith has scored 29 runs this year, while driving in 19, on 36 hits, including seven doubles and a triple.

Freshman Ian Scheidemann was honored with an All-CAC second team nod in his first season with the program, as the Gulls' lone second-team selection. He has had a strong first season with the team, pitching in 10 games, including seven starts, which is the most on the team. He has thrown a team-high 53 innings with a 2-0 record and a team-leading 4.08 earned-run average. Scheidemann has also struck out 31 batters, tying for second on the Gulls.

With this year's selections, the Sea Gulls now have 135 total All-CAC athletes.

Salisbury continues its season on Thursday, May 12, traveling to Rutgers University-Camden for a doubleheader; the first pitch is set for 3 p.m.

To view the full CAC release, click here.

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