Mikula Goes Yard For Shoremen
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting #4 Salisbury scored twice in the top of the sixth and seventh innings to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 lead and registered a 5-2 victory over host Washington College in a non-conference baseball game on Thursday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park. The Sea Gulls are now 25-4 on the year, while the Shoremen slide to 18-11.
The Sea Gulls would take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Bobby Sanzone singled to center to score Pete Grasso from second base. The Shoremen would tie the game in the bottom of the second when with one away, senior Kyle Mikula (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) socked his second home run of the season down the right field line opposite way to level the score at 1-1.
Washington would take its first lead of the ballgame in the last of the fourth on a two-out base hit to right by sophomore Charlie Meder (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) that plated freshman Ryan Donnelly (Novi, Mich./Brother Rice).
Salisbury would retake the lead with one away in the top of the sixth when Alex Lipman ripped a two-run single down the left field line to score both Sanzone and Danny Breen to make it 3-2. In the top half of the seventh, Grasso made it 4-2 when he doubled down the left field line to drive in Tom LaBriola and Grasso would score when the next hitter Jordan Gowe had a run scoring base hit to right to give Salisbury a three-run cushion at 5-2 and rounded out the scoring for the game.
The Sea Gulls got a strong outing on the mound from Brett Collacchi as he went eight innings to improve to 4-2 on the year. He gave up five hits, two earned runs, walked three and struck out four. He gave way to Kyle Hamby who tossed a perfect ninth with one strikeout to record his third save. At the dish, Grasso had two hits and two runs scored, while Lipman drove in a pair as the Sea Gulls worked out eight hits.
Senior pitcher Sam McGovern (Middletown, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) took the loss and falls to 2-2 as he gave five runs, all earned, in 6 1/3 innings. He gave up eight hits, walked three and fanned one. Senior pitcher Michael Long (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) relieved McGovern and he tossed 2 2/3 innings of spotless ball, fanning one. At the plate, WC had five hits.
The Shoremen will play their final regular season home game tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 p.m. against visiting Johns Hopkins in Centennial Conference action.