BY MARK DAVIS
The No.11 ranked Salisbury baseball team took on the CAC conference leading Marymount Saints in a battle for the top conference spot.
Coming into the game the Saints held a one game advantage over the Sea Gulls in the conference, but it was Salisbury that emerged victorious with a 4-1 win over its conference rival.
Salisbury started off early with junior infielder Pete Grasso doubling to left field bringing two runs in for the Sea Gulls in the bottom of the first.
The Sea Gulls didn’t score again until the bottom of the third with the bases loaded. A walk to freshman infielder Jack Barry sent junior catcher Tom LaBriola home for the score.
More plays came from the Sea Gulls in the field with senior infielder Alex Lipman forcing a double play to keep the Saints scoreless after five innings.
The Salisbury pitching was also on point the majority of the day tallying eight strikeouts and only allowing one run.
“Well when you get pitching performances like that we should win every single game,” Sea Gulls head coach Troy Brohawn said. “That’s where we struggled all year, we’re very young on the mound, today we had a junior and senior step up and dictate the pace and kept us in the game all day.”
Junior Pete Grasso had a total of five strike outs and left Marymount with only four hits on the day. Grasso was also a force at the plate, recording three hits, one run and five walks.
Behind Grasso’s pitching, the defense played well in the first five innings not allowing a single run. The team had a total of 27 put outs.
“(Defense) played phenomenal, they made a couple plays up the middle that we needed big time and came through when we needed them,” Grasso said.
It wasn’t until the top of the seventh that Marymount got their first and only run of the game, but at that point, the momentum was all on Salisbury’s side.
In the bottom of the eighth, senior infielder Jake Dmiterchik singled to third base, and then stole second shortly after that. After a Grasso strike out, the Sea Gulls would put the score up 4-1 with the help of sophomore outfielder Brad Keith singling to right field bringing Dmiterchik home for the final nail in the coffin.
The Sea Gulls victory ties them with Frostburg for the No. 1 seed in the CAC. Salisbury will now travel to York, another conference opponent, on Saturday in hopes of securing the top seed.
“Now we’re tied for first, so we control our own destiny,” Grasso said.