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April 7, 2012 Salisbury Baseball Takes 2 Of 3 At York To Win Regular-Season Title; Frostburg State And Wesley Sweep Weekend Series To Create 4-Way Tie For Second Place

Salisbury gained a split in Saturday's CAC baseball doubleheader at York to clinch a three-game series win over the Spartans and the 2012 regular-season title.  Frostburg State and Wesley, meanwhile, swept their weekend series to create a four-way tie for second place heading into the final week of the regular season.

The fourth-ranked Sea Gulls (23-5, 12-3) clinched their fifth-straight regular-season crown and top seed in the 2012 playoffs with a 4-2 win over York in the second game of Saturday's DH.  Salisbury edged the Spartans Friday, 3-2, but let a 2-0 first-inning lead in Saturday's opener get away as YCP secured a 9-2 victory.

Frostburg State swept all three weekend games vs. visiting St. Mary's by scores of 16-6, 11-0 and 10-7.  Wesley accomplished the same vs. Mary Washington, posting 6-5, 5-0 and 2-1 victories.

The weekend results leave Wesley (22-9), FSU (17-12), Stevenson (17-13-2) and York (12-16) all tied for second place in the CAC standings, all with 8-7 records.  All four teams have clinched CAC playoff nods.

Despite losing all three games, Mary Washington (10-15-1, 4-11 CAC) can gain the sixth and final CAC playoff berth by winning two of three against York next weekend.  St. Mary's (14-16, 6-12) is currently in sixth place, but the team has completed its CAC schedule.  UMW holds the tiebreaker against SMC because the Eagles won two of three against the Seahawks last weekend.

At York, No. 4 Salisbury earned a split of its doubleheader and the team's 12th CAC victory of the season and with it clinching the top seed in the CAC tournament, which is slated to begin on Tuesday, April 17.  After dropping the opener, 9-2, the Gulls (23-5, 12-3 CAC) found themselves in a 1-0 hole after two innings of play with the Spartans bringing home a run on a sacrifice fly off starting pitcher Brett Collacchi.  The York lead would not last long as Salisbury came back with a pair of runs in the top of the third and one more in the fourth.  Sophomore Bill Root came up with a one-out single in the third and stole second before coming home on a single by senior designated hitter Chris Connor. And Salisbury took a 2-1 lead when Nick Gentry, who had walked, scored on an RBI single by sophomore Quinn Griffith.  York (12-16, 8-7 CAC) tied the game at 2-2 in the home half of the inning on Justin Cohen's RBI single before the Sea Gulls would take the lead for good in the fourth. Sophomore Ken O'Neill singled with one out and advanced to second on a fielder's choice before scoring on a York throwing error for a 3-2 lead.  Collacchi maintained the lead into the fifth inning before being relieved by senior Jeff Hoffman, who came on with one out and two runners on base. Hoffman got two quick outs to get out of the jam, allowing the Gulls to hold onto the lead.  Salisbury added an insurance run in the top of the sixth when sophomore Johnny Schiotis singled to drive in senior catcher Tyler Bennett.

In Saturday's first game, York freshman pitcher Dan Gurganus threw a gem, winning 9-2. The Sea Gulls jumped on Gurganus for two in the top of the first in the opener but the freshman right-hander got tough, allowing his offense to get him back in the game.  The Spartans trimmed their early deficit in half in the second as Adam Bartholomew drove home Andrew Hershey with an RBI ground out as the Spartans trailed 2-1 after two.  After a quiet third inning, the Spartans struck for two runs in the fourth thanks to a two-run shot to deep right off the bat of Bartholomew. York pushed the lead to 7-2 with a huge four-run fifth inning. The Spartans strung together five hits in the inning for the four spot. Colin Porter had a big two-out, two-run single in the uprising.  York tacked on two more runs in the sixth as Justin Cohen bombed his team-leading sixth home run of the year, a two run shot to right.  Gurganus picked up his third win of the year as he went the distance allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings of work. He struck out three and walked three as he continues to pitch well for the Spartans.

At Frostburg, Md., FSU starting pitcher Zach O'Dell tossed a complete game shutout in game one's 11-0 victory and John Barrett hit a go-ahead three-run bomb in the fifth inning of game two of the twin bill to down St. Mary's 10-7, and complete the sweep of the Seahawks.   O'Dell improved to 5-2 on the season and allowed only four hits and struck out six.  The Bobcats scored in the first five innings to cruise to an opening-game victory. In the second game, both teams plated three runs in the first inning before Frostburg's Tico Mendoza and St. Mary's Devon Jerrard settled in.  Neither pitcher gave up another run until the fifth inning.   St. Mary's ( 14-16, 6-12) had two hits and benefited from a Frostburg error to claim a 5-3 advantage heading into the bottom of the fifth.  But the FSU offense woke up in a hurry, scoring seven runs highlighted by Barrett's three-run jack.   Three straight singles began the inning for FSU to set the stage for Barrett's shot.  After he cleared the bases, Anuszewski was hit by a pitch and came all the way around to score on Summerfelt's single that was misplayed by the Seahawk defense and allowed him to reach third.  Later in the inning, Baxley walked and stole second and Boyd laced a two-run single to left to complete the Bobcat's seven-run outburst. 

At Dover, Del., behind two very impressive pitching performances by high school teammates DJ Keckler and Jordan Lozzi, Wesley completed a three-game sweep over Mary Washington.  The Wolverines (22-9, 8-7 CAC) took the opener of the doubleheader, 5-0, before winning game two, 2-1.   In the opener, Keckler (5-3) threw a two-hit shutout and struck out three.  The shutout was the fifth of his career, tying Jake Schoelkoph (91-94) for the most in Wesley history.  In his three-plus seasons donning the Navy & White, Keckler has thrown 256.1 innings, just a third of an inning from tying Ryan Buckland (05-08) for the school-record.  A senior from Fallston, Md., Keckler had a no-hitter through 4.2 innings before allowing a double down the rightfield line.   After stranding two runners on in both the first and second innings, Wesley scored runs in the third and fourth innings on RBI singles by Steve Perone and Jon Carlson, respectively.   Perone drove in another run in the fifth, as did Casey Rothwell, giving the Wolverines a 4-0 advantage.   Geoff Kimmel's RBI groundout in the sixth gave the Wolverines an extra insurance run but Keckler did not need it as he retired the side in the seventh. Perone had a perfect opening game as he went 3-3 with a run and two RBIs.   The second game was a pitcher's duel as Lozzi (5-2) picked up his fifth win of the year by allowing an unearned run on six hits while striking out five.  Wesley scored its only two runs in the first inning.  Rob Benedict led off by reaching on a fielding error by the pitcher and he advanced to third on Carlson's single to right.  Carlson got to second on the play as the throw to third base was late.  Sam Farnell was then plunked to load the bases and Kimmel was credited with an RBI on a fielder's choice to second base.  With Carlson on third, Morgan Rupp brought him in with a groundout to second as well.  Mary Washington was able to finally get on the board in the third but Lozzi made quick work of the Eagles in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.  UMW threatened in the seventh getting two runners in scoring position with one out.  A perfectly-located pitch by Lozzi on a 2-1 count got Kevin Yarnell to popup to Greg McKee at second for the second out.  Lozzi then got Jeff Rezach to foul out down the third base line to complete the sweep.