SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University baseball team defeated visiting Rowan University 6-2 on Tuesday afternoon. The Sea Gulls used a mix of timely offense and exceptional pitching in particularly from Connor Reeves, who was fantastic throughout.
The Profs (11-6) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning scoring on both a balk and a wild pitch. However, Reeves was able to close the door as the Rowan offense had just one other base runner reach third but more importantly didn't manage a single run the rest of the game.
Salisbury (14-6) rallied back to tie the game in the bottom of the second and took the lead for good in the bottom of the third. Pete Grasso tallied his first hit and RBI of the afternoon singling down the left field line to plate Justin Meekins for the go ahead run, 3-2.
That was all the insurance Reeves needed as he was dealing throughout the game. He retired 13 straight batters at one point going three up and three down between the fourth and sixth innings. After a single through the left side in the top of the third inning the Profs failed to record a hit until the second batter of the seventh inning.
Jack Barry added a little extra run support in the bottom of the fifth inning. Holding a slim 4-2 lead Barry knocked a double down the left field line scoring Tom LaBriola stretching the Sea Gulls' advantage to three.
In the top of the seventh Rowan had a chance to get back in the game and completely turn the game on its head. After the first batter of the inning was retired the Rowan offense rattled off two singles and earned a walk to load the bases with a chance to take the lead. Reeves, however came through forcing a fly out to right field to end the threat and keep the three-run advantage for the maroon and gold.
Andrew Kramer took over for the final two innings closing the door on the Profs retiring seven batters including three via strikeout.
Reeves finished the game going seven innings pitched allowing just four hits while striking out seven. Kramer totaled two innings pitched allowing just one hit and recording three strikeouts on the afternoon.
Grasso finished the day as one of only three Sea Gulls to record a multi-hit game. He went 2-for-5 with two singles and two RBI to lead the team. Both Kevin Dean and Barry also tallied multiple hits each with two and each scoring one run while Barry added in an RBI.
Salisbury returns to Capital Athletic Conference play on Wednesday, March 22, when it travels to Christopher Newport University. First pitch is scheduled for 3:45 p.m.