SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University baseball team took on the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, on Tuesday night in the two team's annual match up. The Sea Gulls fell to the Shorebirds by the final score of 15-1.
Simon Palenchar got the rare start on the mound for the maroon and gold. After allowing a leadoff walk he retired the next three batters via groundout and strikeout to end the inning. He went two innings pitched allowing three hits and a run while recording his first strikeout of the season.
In the top of the second inning Jack Barry knocked a triple into right field giving the Sea Gulls their second runner in scoring position. Palenchar helped his own cause with an RBI groundout plating Barry for the 1-0 lead. It's the first time Salisbury has led the game since 2014 when it took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning.
The Shorebirds rallied back to take the lead in the bottom of the third inning plating six runs. Chris Shaw capped off the inning with a three-run blast over the left field wall stretching the Delmarva advantage to five, 6-1.
Delmarva would tack on nine more runs between the fourth and sixth innings to make the score final at 15-1.
Multiple players got the opportunity to play positions that they may not otherwise get the chance to play. Some of the highlights included Brad Keith in right field, Matt Padeway at first base, Dillon Waters in right field, and Palenchar on the mound.
The game was played on the NCAA's National Student-Athlete Day recognizing their success in the classroom, in the community, and in competition.
Salisbury will return to Capital Athletic Conference play tomorrow, April 5, when it travels to Marymount (Va.) University. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.