HARRISBURG, Pa. – The No. 22 Salisbury University baseball team traveled to Pennsylvania State University–Harrisburg on Saturday afternoon to take on the Lions in a critical Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader. The Sea Gulls swept the series winning by scores of 10-0 and 14-3.
Game One: Salisbury 10, Penn St.–Harrisburg 0
Salisbury raced out to an 8-0 advantage in the first three innings scoring seven runs between the first and second inning combined. Jay Perry was an offensive weapon for the maroon and gold totaling four RBI in the first two innings of the game.
Jack Barry and Tom LaBriola opened the scoring in back-to-back at-bats drawing a hit-by-pitch and walk to plate the opening two runs of the game. Perry widened the lead the 4-0 with a two-run RBI single scoring Pete Grasso and Barry later in the inning.
Perry continued his offensive outburst in the second knocking a two-run RBI single to plate both Barry and Scott Ardoin.
Through the first two innings the Sea Gulls offense accounted for seven runs on five hits with Perry totaling two hits and four RBI.
The Sea Gulls stretched their lead to 10 in the top half of the eighth scoring two runs. LaBriola gave Salisbury the double-digit lead scoring on a Brad Keith sacrifice fly.
Jeff Oster was spectacular once again for the maroon and gold recording his second complete game of the season while picking up his fifth straight win moving his record to a perfect 5-0. Oster went nine innings allowing just four hits while striking out nine of the 29 batters he faced. He forced 12 groundouts and four force outs throughout as well.
It is the second shutout win for Salisbury this season with the previous shutout being another 10-0 victory back on March 4 over visiting Franklin & Marshall College.
Game Two: Salisbury 14, Penn St.–Harrisburg 3
Perry picked up right where he left off in game two as a thorn in the side to the Lions (11-19, 7-8 CAC) on the offensive end. He opened the scoring in the top of the first inning launching his tying team-high fifth home run of the season belting a grand slam to give the Gulls' (23-7, 14-1 CAC) a 4-0 lead.
Penn St. pulled within two, 5-3 in the bottom half of the third inning but the Sea Gulls had an answer one inning later in the top of the fourth. Salisbury plated four runs on two hits while sending nine batters to the plate. LaBriola capped the scoring in the inning with a two-run RBI single plating both Ardoin and Justin Meekins to stretch the maroon and gold advantage to six, 9-3.
Meekins pushed the lead to eight one inning later with a two-run RBI double scoring both Robbie Jones and Keith to make the score 11-3.
Grasso added to the lead in the seventh becoming the third Sea Gull to record a home run in game two. He launched a two-run bomb that also scored Ardoin bringing the lead to 10, 13-3. Barry retook the team lead for home runs launching his sixth of the season back in the second inning.
Keith picked up his fourth win of the season going two and two thirds innings pitched while allowing just four hits and three runs scored. Logan Manz and Andrew Kramer combined to finish the game for Salisbury allowing a combined four hits, zero runs scored, and striking out two batters.
Perry finished the day going 4-for-9 with eight RBI, and one scored. Meekins completed his afternoon going 3-for-9 with two RBI and four runs scored. As a team the Sea Gulls cranked out 21 hits in the two game series, 24 runs, and three home runs.
With the series sweep Salisbury has now set up a pivotal showdown with the Captains of Christopher Newport University on Wednesday afternoon for top spot in the CAC standings and playoff race. The Sea Gulls, after two losses by the Captains today to Wesley College, now sit one game ahead of their rival with three to play.
Salisbury returns to action on Wednesday, April 12 when it hosts CNU. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.