SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 16 Salisbury University baseball team rolled to a 15-1 win against York College of Pennsylvania on Thursday afternoon in second day action of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament at the SU Baseball Field.
The top-seeded team in the field, Salisbury (28-8) hosts the final three days of the event, and heads to Friday's action as one of just two undefeated teams left in the double-elimination field.
The Sea Gulls, who scored 34 runs in a doubleheader against the Spartans (15-17) on Saturday, April 15, got started early on Thursday, plating three runs in the opening inning against Elliot Mortimer after the first two outs were made in the inning.
Mortimer got a strikeout and flyout before senior Pete Grasso drove a double to left field. Jack Barry was hit by a pitch before senior Tom LaBriola sent a double to left field, scoring the first two runs of the game. Jay Perry followed with a single to push the lead to 3-0.
After York got one run off starting pitcher Jeff Oster in the top of the second on a double, groundout and wild pitch, Salisbury put up another three runs in the bottom of the inning on back-to-back home runs.
The three runs again came with two outs. After a walk to Justin Meekins, senior Scott Ardoin drove a ball to left field for his third home run of the year and a 5-1 lead. Grasso stepped up next and drove a 2-and-0 pitch the opposite way for a solo shot.
The Spartans could not figure out Oster on the day, as the senior went eight innings, giving up just three hits and one run while striking out four batters.
The Spartans' best chance to score again against Oster came in the fourth. York got a walk and infield single off the Salisbury right hander, but Oster got a lazy fly ball to right field to end the inning and the threat.
The Salisbury offense continued to roll, scoring two more times in the fourth on a Barry two-run home run pushing the lead the seven, 8-1. The Sea Gulls would tack on four more runs late in the game including three in the bottom of the eighth inning. Perry launched a home run, his eighth of the season, to plate Barry and himself for the 14-1 lead.
Both Ardoin and Perry finished with a team-high three RBI and three hits. Barry finished the game 1-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored while LaBriola finished his day going 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored.
With the win, the Sea Gulls will play in the first game of the day on Friday, April 21, a 9 a.m., start against Wesley College. The winner of Friday's first game will advance to the CAC championship game on Saturday.