Grasso and Brohawn earn top honors as Nine Sea Gulls earn CAC baseball recognition

Grasso and Brohawn earn top honors as Nine Sea Gulls earn CAC baseball recognition

YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference league office released the 2017 All-CAC Baseball Team this afternoon. Salisbury was well represented as seven Sea Gulls earned conference honors as six players were named to the first team while two were second-team selections. Pete Grasso and Head Coach Troy Brohawn led the maroon and gold led the list of honorees as Grass was named Co-Player of the Year while Brohawn earned Coach of the Year honors.

Coach Brohawn led the Sea Gulls to a regular season record of 31-9, a record of 17-1 in CAC play, and claimed the CAC title for the second straight season becoming the first team to repeat as conference champions since Salisbury did it back in 2012-2014.    

Grasso turned in a spectacular senior year on both the bump and at the plate. Grasso posted an 8-0 record for the maroon and gold while earning three saves. He totaled 79.2 innings pitched, allowing 16 hits, 13 earned runs, while posting an ERA of 1.47 which was second lowest on the team. Grasso also struck out a team-high 82 batters and held opposing teams to an average of .206.

From the plate Grasso posted a team-high batting average of .398 totaling 51 runs, 64 hits, 11 doubles, two triples, eight home runs, and 43 RBI. He also posted a slugging percentage of .640 and an on-base percentage of .466. Grasso moved into program history in multiple categories and ranks in the top five in five in particular. For his career he ranks sixth in games played (163); first in runs (196), triples (12), and at-bats (662); and second in both hits (244) and RBI (173).

Joining Grasso on the first team were fellow seniors Tom LaBriola and Jeff Oster, as well sophomore's Jack Barry and Jay Perry, and freshman Justin Meekins.

LaBriola finished the season batting .338 with 54 hits, a team-high 15 doubles, two triples, and three home runs, and a team-high 49 RBI. Oster was a leader for the pitching staff posting a perfect 7-0 record totaling two complete games, one shutout, and one save. He struck out 80 batters while going a team-high 87 innings pitched and holding opponents to a .205 batting average.

Barry finished third on the team with a .354 batting average while belting a team-high 12 home runs. Perry posted an average of .364 totaling nine home runs for second most on the team, and knocking in 36 RBI in only 99 at-bats. Meekins finished with a .323 batting average, 42 hits, 21 RBI, and led the team in on-base percentage of .541. He also led the team with 13 stolen bases and earned a team-high 39 walks, while also edging out Barry with a team-high 24 hit-by-pitch.

Junior Scott Ardoin and senior transfer Micah Wells earned conference recognition as well as they were named to the All-CAC Second Team.

Ardoin finished fourth on the team in batting average posting an average of .349. He totaled 43 runs scored, 53 hits, eight doubles, one triple, and three home runs. Ardoin posted a slugging percentage of .474 and an on-base percentage of .410 while stealing 11 bases.

Wells was solid in first season in the maroon and gold posting a record of 6-1 appearing in 10 games while also recording one save, which came against then No. 1 Shenandoah University on April 30. He totaled 50.1 innings pitched, allowed 47 hits, 25 earned runs, and struck out 51 batters.

Salisbury now awaits the NCAA selection for the 2017 NCAA Tournament.      

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