College baseball: Salisbury vs. Case Western Reserve in regional final
Salisbury vs. Case Western Reserve.
That’s who will play on Championship Monday. That’s right, today. After weather completely rearranged the schedule for the 2014 NCAA Division III Mideast Regional, the final game (or games) will be played at Don Schaly Stadium. Game time is 9:30 a.m.
Salisbury (36-7) is riding a 19-game winning streak and needs just one win to reach its fourth Division III Baseball Championship, which begins Friday, May 23, at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wis. The last time the Sea Gulls reached Appleton was in 2011.
Coach Doug Fleetwood’s team is 3-0 in the Mideast Regional with victories over John Carroll (9-8), Case Western Reserve (6-2) and Widener (5-2). The Sea Gulls will likely start Brett Collachi (11-1), who picked up a win in the regional opener.
Salisbury’s Connor Shockley (8-0) was the winning pitcher on Sunday against Widener. He came in for relief of Pete Grasso, who threw the first 3 1/3 innings. Kyle Hayman went 4-for-5 with one RBI, while Grasso had two RBI.
The Spartans (34-11) are seeking their first trip to the championship tournament. Last year, Matt Englander’s squad reached the Midwest championship game but lost 1-0 to Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
CWRU stayed alive by rolling to an 18-3 victory over Thomas More (25-19) in the second game Sunday. The Spartans banged out 23 hits, including four each from Noah Sherman and Aaron Cain – both also had four RBI.
Andrew Gronski and Kerrigan Cain each went 3-for-5, while Josh Neal went 2-for-2 with one RBI.
Lee Penzarella (2-0) gave up four hits and two earned runs for the win.
But the Spartans are still alive following a thrilling 13-inning, 3-2 win over Widener Sunday night.
Daniel Sondag (2-1) pitched 7 2/3 innings of relief and didn’t allow a run for the win. With the bases loaded and one out, Aaron Cain delivered a line drive to center scoring Andrew Gronski, who led off the inning with a double.