Sea Gulls finish season sweep of Wesley behind Barry's big day

Sea Gulls finish season sweep of Wesley behind Barry's big day

DOVER, Del. – The Salisbury University baseball team took on Capital Athletic Conference opponent Wesley College in game two of the two-game season series between the teams. The Sea Gulls defeated the Wolverines 7-5 on Wednesday afternoon to earn the series sweep.

Wesley (12-9, 4-6 CAC) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom half of the first inning but Salisbury (17-7, 9-1 CAC) rallied back behind the bat of Jack Barry. Barry totaled three RBI and three hits including one double and a home run.

Trailing 3-2 in the top of the fifth inning Tom LaBriola earned a walk giving Barry a runner on first with two outs. Barry belted a two-run home run to left field giving not only the Sea Gulls their first lead of the afternoon but his team-high fourth home run of the season.

The Wolverines drew even with the maroon and gold in the bottom half the inning at 4-4. The Sea Gulls answered right back with a three-run inning of their own capped off by a Barry RBI double.

Justin Meekins walked in the go-ahead run plating Scott Ardoin early in the inning. LaBriola tallied a sacrifice fly to stretch the lead to 6-4 before Barry notched his second hit of the game knocking a double to center field plating Kevin Dean for the 7-4 advantage.

Jeff Oster and Pete Grasso took over from there shutting down the Wolverines lineup allowing just one run from the bottom of the sixth inning onward.

Oster was solid throughout the game going 6 2/3 innings allowing 10 hits and five runs, three of which came on one swing of the bat, while striking out five to collect his fourth win of the season.

Grasso finished the game strong for the Gulls going 2 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit and recording a strikeout to collect his third save of the year.

Barry finished the game as the leading offensive player for the Sea Gulls going 3-for-5 including a home run and a double with three RBI and a run scored.

Salisbury returns to action tomorrow, Thursday, March 30, when it travels to Washington (Md.) College to take on the Shoremen in game two of the season series between the Eastern Shore rivals.