SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University baseball team sits one win away from advancing to the Capital Athletic Conference championship round next weekend. It will have two chances to do so against York College of Pennsylvania on Saturday starting at 11 a.m.
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With Frostburg State University being eliminated on day one, only York and Salisbury advance to day two of the first round. Having won both of their contests, the Sea Gulls will need to win just one more time to move on. If York wins the opening game, which begins at 11 a.m., the team will turn around for a winner-take-all contest beginning at 2 p.m.
How We Got Here
Salisbury earned the top seed in the CAC tournament with a 15-3 regular season conference record, and secured home-field advantage throughout the tournament. On day one, the Sea Gulls secured 7-0 victories over both York and Frostburg State, with both Austin Heenan and Connor Reeves tossing complete game shutouts. The two combined for 21 strikeouts while issuing only 9 total hits on the day. Jack Barry, Colby Dean and Justin Meekins each hit home runs, with Barry's coming in game one against the Bobcats on a solo shot, and Meekins and Dean launching a pair of three-run blasts against York in game two.
How They Got Here
York earned the No. 6 seed in the CAC tournament with a 9-9 conference record in the regular season. The Spartans handled Frostburg State in game one on Friday, defeating the Bobcats, 17-5, with starting pitcher Joel Kenney going the distance to earn his fifth win of the season. Grant Oberholtzer led the way offensively, driving in five runs on three hits for the Spartans.
Scouting the Spartans
The Spartans are led by Kenney, a senior, and junior Will Grega on the mound, while their offense shows pop up and down the lineup. Seniors Seth Brosius, Zach Hossler and Christian Bilan have each driven in 40-plus runs, but it is freshman Jack Barry, who sits second in the conference with 50 runs driven in. The team as a whole sits second in the CAC with 375 runs.
The team that advances on Saturday will move on to a best-of-three series next weekend against the winner of the three-team pod currently competing at Christopher Newport University. If Salisbury advances, it will host the championship series at Sea Gull Baseball Stadium beginning on Friday, May 11, with game two and possibly a game three played on Saturday.