NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University baseball team traveled to Christopher Newport University on Wednesday afternoon for a Capital Athletic Conference matchup. The Captains rallied back and walked off in the bottom of the tenth claiming a 5-4 victory giving the maroon and gold their first CAC loss of the season.
Christopher Newport (17-9, 7-0 CAC) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the fourth inning off an RBI single by Brandon Ginch. That was all the offense either team could muster over the first five innings as both starting pitchers held their opposition in check.
In the top of the sixth though Salisbury (14-7, 6-1 CAC) found its offensive stride plating three runs overall. Colby Dean led off with a double down the left field and advanced to third during the next at-bat to give the Sea Gulls the tying run 90 feet away from home. Pete Grasso continued his offensive outburst doubling down the right field line plating Dean and knotting the game at 1-1. After a Tom LaBriola sacrifice fly gave Salisbury the lead Jack Barry extended the advantage to two with a single through the left side of the infield to plate Grasso, making the score 3-1.
The Captains' managed to cut the deficit to one, 3-2, in the bottom half of the sixth off an RBI double. Grasso answered back in the eighth inning launching a solo home run to left field to stretch the advantage back to two, 4-2.
Christopher Newport rallied back however, in the bottom half of the eighth to tie the game at four all eventually sending the game into extra innings.
Kevin Dean singled to third to give the Sea Gulls a runner on in the top of the 10th but never advanced past first as the Captain's pitching staff recorded the final two outs of the inning, sending the game into the bottom half stilled tied at 4-4.
The Captain's plated the winning run off and RBI single to take game one of the two game series and hand Salisbury its first CAC loss of the season.
Jeff Oster turned in another solid performance for the maroon and gold going six and one third innings pitched, allowing six hits, two runs and striking out four in the contest.
Grasso led the Sea Gulls' offense recording the only multi-hit game going 2-for-5 with two RBI, a home run, and two runs scored. Barry finished the game 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Salisbury returns to action this Saturday hosting Southern Virginia University in a CAC doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.