Salisbury reaches Div. III World Series

Hopkins falls, closing year with a school-best 40 wins

College Baseball


Greg Lasinski pitched seven solid innings to lead Salisbury to a 6-1 victory over Methodist in the Division III South region baseball championship yesterday in Ferrum, Va.

Lasinski (11-2) gave up nine hits, walked two and struck out five as the Sea Gulls won their second region championship since 2001 and advanced to the Division III College World Series.

The Sea Gulls (37-11) scored four times in the fifth to break a 1-1 tie. Third baseman Trey Cobb's two-run single was the big blow. Catcher Matt Johnson had an RBI single and center fielder Mac Mollett drew a walk with the bases loaded.

Jason Lively went 3-for-5, drove in two runs and earned a save with two scoreless innings of relief.

The Sea Gulls scored 51 runs in four games in the region tournament. Outfielder Mike Williams was named the Most Valuable Player of the regional after finishing with a .529 average (9-for-17).

Salisbury will play at 8:45 p.m. Friday in Appleton, Wis., against George Fox (Ore.) University.

Rowan 4, Johns Hopkins 2: In Boyertown, Pa., Matt Enuco's two-out, two-run triple in the top of the ninth broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Profs (40-6) one of eight spots in the Division III College World Series.

Johns Hopkins reliever Matt Righter retired the first two batters in the ninth before giving up a single to catcher Mike Rucci and walking Jesse Pappler. Enuco drove a 2-2 pitch to center to score both runners.

The Blue Jays (40-4) led 2-0 after Brian Morley led off the third with a homer and second baseman Tim Casale doubled in a run in the fifth.

Johns Hopkins started the year 33-0 and its 40 wins are a school record.

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