SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 9 Salisbury University baseball team plays for the right to head to the Division III Baseball World Series on Sunday, taking on Roanoke College in the final day of action from the South Regional in Danville, Virginia on Sunday, May 21 beginning at noon.
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How we got here
Salisbury has fought elimination for the past two days, topping Otterbein University on Friday, 6-4, and knocking out Rowan University and No. 1 LaGrange College on Saturday. In the 8-7 win against Rowan, Salisbury needed extra innings to claim the win, falling behind 7-6 in the 11th inning before getting a sacrifice fly from Jack Barry to tie the game and the walk-off single by Jay Perry to finish off the win. Jeff Oster earned the win against LaGrange, his third appearance in two days, working seven innings and giving up just two runs to help the Sea Gulls to a 4-2 win.
How they got here
Roanoke has gone undefeated through the bracket thus far, winning three games and outscoring its opponents by a total margin of 24-9. On Saturday, the Maroons topped LaGrange in the day's first game, 5-2, scoring three in the first inning and holding on throughout. Sean Guida, Sam Watson, and Scott Ellis each had three hits in the contest.
How it ends
The Maroons enter today's championship games in the driver's seat, as the undefeated team in the bracket. A win in the first game for Roanoke ends the regional, while Salisbury needs to win two games today to claim the title.
Last time we met
The teams squared off in the first game of the regional on Thursday morning, with Roanoke coming up with a 15-5 win. Salisbury took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but five runs in the third gave the Maroons the edge they would not relinquish. Guida and Collier Donald led the offensive effort for Roanoke with three hits each, while pitcher John Ruhlman earned the win. Pete Grasso took the loss for the Sea Gulls, though he led the Salisbury offense, with a 3-for-5 effort at the plate.
Scouting the Maroons
Roanoke comes into Sunday's championship on a seven-game winning streak after having won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference title two weeks ago. As a team, the Maroons bat just over .300, with Guida's .350 mark leading the way. He also leads the team and ranks second in the nation with 10 triples.
The winner of the South Regional will head to Appleton, Wisconsin for the NCAA Division III World Series, which begins on Thursday, May 25.