SALISBURY, Md. – After earning a 5-4 win in a thriller against Wesley College on Wednesday, the No. 4 Salisbury University baseball team gets set to take on No. 24 University of Mary Washington in the second round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. The Sea Gulls and the Eagles will compete at 4 p.m. on Thursday in Frostburg, Maryland.
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How we got here
Salisbury, the No. 2 seed in the conference, pulled out a comeback victory over Wesley College in extra innings to earn a 5-4 victory. The Sea Gulls fell behind 3-0 early, but pushed their way back and tied the game in the ninth, sending it into extras.
With two outs on the board in the 11th inning and a runner in scoring position, junior Alex Lipman provided a walk-off single through the left side that scored senior Kyle Hayman to give the Gulls the comeback win.
How they got here
Mary Washington, the No. 3 seed, used a comeback effort of its own to swing past Marymount (Va.) University, 12-7, on Wednesday. Thomas Weaver had a strong outing for the Eagles, notching two doubles, two runs scored, and three RBIs.
Marymount scored the first four runs of the contest, taking a 4-0 advantage in the top of the third, but Mary Washington edged its way back, scoring three runs in the bottom of the third and tying the game in the fourth. The Eagles' offense opened up in the bottom of the fifth, tallying five runs and taking the lead for good.
Scouting Mary Washington
The Eagles come into the matchup with a 26-5 record and a No. 24 ranking. Jono Haught has been a force to be reckoned with for Mary Washington this season, leading the team in batting average (.481), hits (62), home runs (10), and RBIs (51). Ryan Van Assche has been a stalwart on the mound for the Eagles in 2015, earning a 9-1 record, throwing 70 strikeouts, which is tied for sixth in the nation, and garnering a 1.99 ERA.
Salisbury's offense has been a dominant force this season, and two Sea Gull starters are currently streaking at the right time. Lipman has gotten on base at least once per game in 14-straight games, while senior Bobby Sanzone has reached a base in 11 straight outings.
Movin' on up
Seniors Brett Collacchi and Hayman have put up big numbers in their careers at SU and are both moving their way up the record books in several categories. Collacchi is currently tied for second in program history in wins with 28, complete-game shutouts with two, and in most games started with 41. The Bear, Delaware native is also 10th in the program in strikeouts with 157. Hayman is climbing the Salisbury record books as well, as he is No. 2 in the program in highest batting average with .410 and fourth in on-base percentage with .489. The center fielder is also tied for fifth in the program in triples with eight, seventh in stolen bases with 51, and eighth in hits with 188.
After Thursday's matchup, both teams will advance to the weekend of the CAC tournament. Friday's matchups will be determined Thursday night after all of the games have concluded.