BALTIMORE Md. – The No. 22 Salisbury University baseball team took to the road to take on the No. 16 Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins University on Monday afternoon in out of conference action. The Sea Gulls fell to the Blue Jays by the final score of 5-4 in extra innings. It is the first Salisbury loss to Hopkins since May 8, 2010 and snaps the Sea Gulls nine game winning streak.
Salisbury (23-8) raced out to an early 4-0 lead scoring four time in the opening three innings. Scott Ardoin opened the scoring in the top of the first inning knocking an RBI single to short to plate Justin Meekins for the game's opening run.
Colby Dean and Jack Barry both used the long ball to help the maroon and gold stretch their advantage to four. Colby Dean pushed the lead to 2-0 in the top of the second with a solo shot to right center. Barry followed suit in the top half of the third with his team-high seventh of the season when he belted a solo shot to left field to stretch the lead to 4-0. It was Colby Dean's second home run of the season for the maroon and gold.
However, it was all Blue Jays (20-6) after that point as they ran off five unanswered runs including a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to claim the victory. Hopkins plated three runs in the bottom half the sixth inning and scored the game tying run in the eighth.
The Gulls' had a chance in the top of the ninth to retake the lead with Meekins leading off the inning with a bunt single and advancing to third on an Ardoin sacrifice bunt. However, back-to-back outs ended the threat leaving the go ahead run 90 feet from home and the score leveled at 4-4.
Hopkins' player Mike Smith ended the game in the bottom of the 10th with one swing of the bat launching a solo shot to left field to end the game, it was his only hit of the afternoon.
Micah Wells got the start for the maroon and gold going five and two thirds innings pitched allowing three hits and three runs while striking out six. Connor Reeves finished the game going three and a third, allowing just three hits and two runs while striking out four batters. Reeves took the loss moving his record to 5-2 overall.
Ardoin finished the afternoon with a team-high three hits going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Barry and Meekins each finished the afternoon 2-for-4 at the plate with Barry adding an RBI and a run scored while Meekins scored twice.
Salisbury returns to action on Wednesday, April 12 when it hosts the Captains of Christopher Newport University in a showdown for the top spot in the Capital Athletic Conference standings and playoff race. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.