SALISBURY, Md. – The top-seeded Salisbury University baseball team will host a three-team pod in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament against fourth seed Penn State University-Harrisburg and sixth seed Southern Virginia University at Sea Gull Baseball Stadium beginning Friday, May 3.
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Penn State-Harrisburg and Southern Virginia will square off in game one of the series beginning Friday morning at 9 a.m. The loser of that contest will go on to play Salisbury at 12:30 p.m., while the winner of game one will take on Salisbury in game three beginning at 4 p.m.
How we got here
The Sea Gulls (32-6-1) went 19-2 in CAC play to earn the top seed and the right to host for as long as they remain alive in the tournament. The maroon and gold opened conference play with nine straight wins before dropping two of three from second seed Christopher Newport University on April 6 and 7. The team then closed out conference play with another nine-game winning streak. With three wins mixed in against non-conference opponents, the Sea Gulls carry a 12-game streak into the postseason.
How they got here
The Lions (28-10-1) finished in the fourth spot in the standings, going 14-7 in conference play in 2019. They closed the regular season with a three-game road sweep of Frostburg State University last weekend and enter the tournament on a five-game streak. The Knights (15-17) captured the sixth and final spot in this year's tournament with a 6-14 conference record. They closed the regular season dropping two of three from Frostburg State earlier in the week and enter the postseason having lost 10 of their last 13 contests.
The Sea Gulls went undefeated, winning all six of their contests during the regular season against this weekend's opponents. Salisbury swept Penn State-Harrisburg on the road back on March 30-31 by a combined margin of 48-19. Xavier Marmol picked up two wins – both in relief – while Jimmy Adkins earned the third win and a save. Jimmy Monaghan racked up 10 RBI in the series, while Brad Haas led the team with eight hits.
The Sea Gulls and Knights squared off more recently, this time at home back on April 26-27. Salisbury picked up wins in all three contests by a combined margin of 27-14. Marmol, Jason McDonough and Robbie Hollenbeck each picked up a win in the series. Haas again led the team in hits during the series with five, while Cameron Hyder drove home a team-high six RBI.
Home is where the wins are
Lately it hasn't mattered much where the Sea Gulls are playing when it comes to winning games, but that has been especially true at home where they have not lost a game in almost two months. Salisbury's last home loss came all the way back on March 5 when it fell to Virginia Wesleyan University 4-2 in 11 innings. Since then, the Maroon and Gold has rallied off 16 straight home victories and amassed a 22-3-1 overall home record in 2019 with a run differential of plus-119.
If all three teams go 1-1 on Friday, they will all return on Saturday, with Penn State Harrisburg and Southern Virginia playing at 11 a.m. The winner of that game will move on to play Salisbury beginning at 2 p.m.
If one team wins both of its Friday contests, it will play the team that went 1-1 at 11 a.m. If the 1-1 team defeats the 2-0 team in the early game, those two teams will play a second game on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. with the winner advancing to the championship series next weekend.