April 21, 2013

Spartans Fall to Salisbury in CAC Championship

SALISBURY, MD – The fourth-ranked Salisbury University Sea Gulls notched their second straight Capital Athletic Conference baseball title with a 4-0 win over the York College Spartans in Sunday's conference championship game in Salisbury, MD.

The Sea Gulls improve to 27-6 overall while the Spartans had their fantastic CAC tournament run ended. The Spartans are now 19-17 overall.

The tournament title is the 11th for the Gulls. The Spartans' championship drought reached 14 seasons as York's last conference title was back in 1999.

The story of the game was the performance of Salisbury sophomore Brett Collacchi as the right-hander tossed a six-hit complete game shutout. He struck out four and walked two as he improved 6-2 for the year.

The Gulls got all the runs they needed in the first as they reached Spartan starter Dan Gurganus (Prince Frederick, Md./Hutingtown) for a pair of runs in the top of the first. Designated hitter Evan Graci stroked a two-run double to right to get the Gulls on the board.

Salisbury added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to give Collacchi more than enough to work with.

The Spartans got a runner to second just three times in the game as the Green and White offense never got on track. York had their only decent threat in the fifth as Nic Long (North Wildwood, N.J./Wildwood Catholic) singled and Jimmy King (Frederick, Md./Frederick) walked to put runners at first and second with two outs. However, Collacchi got a strikeout to end the uprising.

Justin Cohen (Severn, Md./Old Mill) doubled in the with two outs in the ninth but Collacchi got a ground out to end the game and secure the conference championship.

Gurganus suffered the loss as he tossed four innings, allowing four runs on six hits with three strikeouts and a walk. He falls to 2-6 with the loss. Tyler Alexander (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) came into the game in relief of Gurganus and was very good. Alexander tossed five shutout innings, scattering three hits with a strikeout and a walk.

Nick Gentry, Kyle Hayman, and Austin Barefoot each had two hits for Salisbury. Graci finished the day 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Hayman drove in one and scored another.

Long led York with two singles while Cohen had York's only extra base hit with his ninth inning double.

The Spartans close out their regular season with eight non-conference game over the next three weeks. The Green and White begins that run on Monday afternoon when they host Rowan University in a non-conference contest. First pitch from Jaquet Field is set for 4:00 pm.