Baseball heads to CAC championship game with 25-10 win over Wesley

Baseball heads to CAC championship game with 25-10 win over Wesley

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 16 Salisbury University baseball team is now one win away from the program's 14th Capital Athletic Conference championship following a 25-10 win against Wesley College on Friday morning at the SU Baseball Field to remain the only unbeaten team in the double-elimination field.

The Sea Gulls, who have not scored fewer than 14 runs in their past five games kept mashing on Friday morning. Playing as the visitor, the Salisbury offense never gave Wesley (19-14) a chance, putting up seven runs on four hits against Wolverine starting pitcher Sam Meck in the first inning.

Justin Meekins walked before Scott Ardoin reached on an error. The first run came home on a Pete Grasso single before the bases loaded when Jack Barry was hit by a pitch.

Senior Tom LaBriola ripped a ball down the first-base line that ran all the way to the fence for a bases-clearing double and a 4-0 lead, but the offense was not done, with Jay Perry driving in a run before Colby Dean blasted a two-run home run high off the net beyond the right-field fence.

The Wolverines got two runners on base to begin the bottom of the first inning, but starting pitcher Micah Wells worked through the jam, getting an inning-ending double play.

Wells went comfortably through his first six innings of work before running into the Wesley bats in the seventh inning. Wells gave up just two hits through the first six innings of game to pick up his sixth win of the season, but the Wolverines got to the right-hander for four hits, leading to six runs against him in the seventh.

Salisbury (29-8) had built a 23-0 lead by that point, giving Wells the victory while Devin Conroy and Connor Reeves worked the final three innings to finish off the win.

The lead was never in doubt, with Salisbury scoring in seven of the first eight innings of game. The Sea Gulls put up five in the third, with the big shot a grand slam from Grasso, who finished with seven runs driven in.

LaBriola and Brad Keith added to the home run total in the game as Salisbury had 20 hits – the Sea Gulls' highest hit total of the year – including seven for extra bases.

Grasso was 4-for-5, scoring twice, while Perry was 4-for-4 with three runs scored and Keith scored five times in the game.

The Sea Gulls will play for the league title and the automatic berth into the NCAA tournament on Saturday, April 22. They will be facing a one-loss team that comes out of Friday's final game between Wesley and the University of Mary Washington. The first pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m., and with a win, Salisbury would clinch the title. A Salisbury loss would force a winner-take-all game on Saturday afternoon.

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