BY CHARLES MILLER
Salisbury University’s baseball team found the winning column for the first time this season with a pair of victories over Arcadia University Saturday afternoon.
Starting the season 0-2 after two losses to top-ranked Cortland State last weekend, the Sea Gulls entered the game with focus and determination to bring home the win.
In the first game of the double header, Salisbury won by one run with a final score of 7-6. In the second game, Salisbury won by a margin of three with the final score of 8-5.
The Sea Gulls started off slow but settled down and found their comfort zone in the first contest. Arcadia jumped out in front in the first inning with a two-run lead, while Salisbury was just starting to warm up.
It was the seventh inning that proved to be the difference maker in the first game when Salisbury was able to pick up one insurance run from senior infielder Alex Lipman to secure their first victory of the year.
After the first game of the double header, Salisbury kept momentum on its side by scoring four runs in the fifth inning after the game was tied in the third. This was possible with help from junior catcher, Tom LaBriola who tallied two hits and two RBIs to help the Gulls put up four runs in the inning.
“Tom came up in a lot of big situations to drive in runs when we were either tied or down a couple,” Sea Gulls’ head coach Troy Brohawn said. “ He’s become the leader of this team.”
Along with LaBriola making big plays in big situations, junior outfielder Kevin Dean was called on to pinch hit in turn driving in a RBI while maintaining his perfect batting average.
“Kevin Dean, someone you got to mention who is a junior in the program,” Brohawn said. “Probably one of the hardest, if not the hardest worker in practice, is always prepared…comes away with a double and was a pretty big plate appearance for him.”
Arcadia committed five total errors in two games, however out-hit the Sea Gulls 20 to 13.
Despite Arcadia’s strong offense, Salisbury was able to match the offense with high-powered hitting and good base management to manufacture two home wins.
“That’s exactly what Salisbury does, we overcome adversity and we complete all the time,” LaBriola said.
The Sea Gulls will have a chance to build off of the weekend’s success with a home matchup against Washington College Tuesday at 2 p.m.