MADISON, N.J. – The No. 12 Salisbury University baseball team saw its seven game win streak snapped on Friday afternoon falling to Drew University 3-2 in a wild finish. The Rangers plated two runs in the bottom half of the ninth inning to capture the victory.
The Sea Gulls (30-9) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead scoring in the first inning. Scott Ardoin jump started the maroon and gold offense with a double to left center before advancing to third on a Pete Grasso single. Jack Barry opened the games scoring with a sacrifice fly to center to plate Ardoin.
Drew (22-11) rallied back to tie the game in the bottom half of the third inning but found themselves trailing again in the top of half of the next inning. Three walks by the Rangers' pitching staff loaded the bases giving Salisbury a great chance to blow the game wide open. Ardoin stepped to the plate with two outs and drew a two out RBI walk to plate the go ahead run.
From that point on both offenses were held in check throughout most of the remainder of the game with neither team more than two hits in any inning following the fourth. From the fourth to the eighth inning both teams combined for just three hits with both of the Sea Gulls' hits coming in the top half of the fifth.
In the top of the ninth Ardoin continued his offensive prowess with a triple down the right field giving Salisbury a possible two-run lead 90 feet away from home. However, a fly out ended the ending the threat and the inning.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth Drew was down to its final chance with runners at first and second. A wild pitch that was unable to be tracked down allowed the tying run to come home and advanced the runner on first to second. One batter later the Rangers' Marc Cohen knocked a seeing eye single through the infield to plate the winning run and complete the rally.
Jeff Oster turned in a solid outing for the Gulls going seven innings pitched, allowing six hits and one run while striking out five batters. Connor Reeves took the loss dropping his record to 5-2 while allowing two hits and two runs over an inning and two thirds of work.
Overall, Salisbury was held to its first single digit total in hits since April 10 against Johns Hopkins University when it produced nine. The Sea Gulls' six-game streak of double digit runs ended as well, plating their lowest amount of runs since scoring one against Neumann University back on March 7.
Ardoin led the Gulls' offense going 2-for-4 from the plate with an RBI while four other members of the maroon and gold finished the afternoon with one hit.
Salisbury returns to action on Sunday, April 30 when it travels to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia to take on No. 1 Shenandoah University. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.