Fifth-ranked Salisbury improved to 10-2 in CAC play and completed a series sweep against St. Mary's with Tuesday's 9-1 victory over the Seahawks. Frostburg State and York also won two out of three during their respective weekend series, bunching five teams within two games in the win column of the conference standings.
Salisbury senior Chris Connor hit a three-run home run to right field to highlight a six-run eighth inning and freshman Brett Collacchi threw six innings of three-hit ball as No. 5 Salisbury completed a sweep of St. Mary's (5-7), 9-1, Tuesday.
Salisbury is firmly entrenched in first place with a 3.5-game lead over second-place Frostburg State (5-2) heading into the final three weekends of the series. The Gulls have the bye this weekend.
Defending CAC Champion FSU moved into second place by winning two of three this weekend against Stevenson (6-6), including Tuesday's 6-4 decision over the Mustangs. Senior pitcher Tico Mendoza pitched five scoreless innings of one-hit relief to earn the victory.
In the only series completed over the weekend, playing through the rare rainy weather in the Middle Atlantic region this spring, York won two out of three at Wesley. The Spartans and Wolverines are tied for fourth place, each with 4-5 records.
Despite having the weekend off, Salisbury's magic number to clinch a 2012 CAC playoff berth is "2" against either SMC or Mary Washington (2-7). The Bobcats lead a group of five teams packed within two games of each other in the standings. The top six teams qualify for the conference playoffs, which begin April 17.