SALEM, Mass. – Zac Duval's two-out single in the ninth, scored Traverse Briana from second base with the game-winner as Salem State edged Curry 9-8 in a back-and-forth affair on Wednesday afternoon. The Vikings improve to 16-17 on the season while the Colonels slip to 11-24-1.
Garrett Fosher's two-run single in the eighth had tied the game for Curry, but in a game that saw a combined 14 pitchers used, Michael Mulrean could not close out the ninth inning for the Colonels, relinquishing a run on two hits in the loss. Matthew Enos, who pitched a scoreless ninth was credited with the win.
Jason Leonard gave Curry a 1-0 lead in the first as his double-play groundout plated the first run. Adam Duarte extended the lead to 3-0 with a two-run home run in the second. Salem State scored four times in the fourth to take a 4-3 lead. A Brendan Greene steal of home and a Luke Eggers walk with the bases loaded drew the Vikings to within a run. Pat Fitzgerald stroked a two-run single to center giving the Vikings a 4-3 lead. Briana came home with the Vikings' fifth run on a double steal in the fifth.
The Colonels went ahead in the sixth, scoring three times on a sacrifice fly and error before Tyler Jenkins put Curry up 6-5 with a single to left.
A three-run seventh highlighted by an RBI double by Briana and Mike Griffin's team-leading fifth home run, temporarily gave Salem State an 8-6 lead heading into the eighth.
Salem State starter John John Mondello and Colonels starter Joseph Sorrento each went two innings. Mondello gave up three runs on five hits with a walk before being lifted for Luke Brennan, who did not allow a run in two innings pitched. Sorrento retired all six batters he faces, which included two strikeouts.
Briana finished 3-for-4 with four runs scored for the Vikings. Curry's Fosher was 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI.