SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University baseball team dropped its contest against visiting Gwynedd Mercy University on Sunday afternoon at Sea Gull Baseball Stadium, 7-2.
The game was scoreless going to the fourth inning as the teams combined for just three hits in the opening three frames. The Griffins (4-7) got to Salisbury starting pitcher Jack Barry in the top of the fourth inning, getting back-to-back doubles with one out to score the first run and adding another with a run-scoring single.
Gwynedd Mercy got two more runs in the top of the fifth and pushed the lead to 5-0 in the sixth before Salisbury (10-7) was able to tag Griffins' starter R.J. Boyle with two runs in the home half of the inning.
The two runs came on a two-out rally, which was started by Jay Perry's single through the left side, and Salisbury had two runners on after Matt Padeway singled the other way. Will Gutekunst came through, sending a 2-and-2 pitch down the right field line for a triple, bringing the two base runners home.
The Gutekunst shot chased Boyle from the game, but reliever Gino Tripodi ended the threat with a groundout.
Salisbury finished the game with nine hits, many of which came from the lower half of the lineup as Perry, Padeway, and Gutekunst – batting in the seven, eight, and nine spot in the order, respectively – combined to go 5-for-10 in the game. Perry, Gutekunst, and Brad Keith each had two hits in the contest.
Salisbury's best chance to score over the final three innings came in the seventh, when the Sea Gulls loaded the bases against Tripodi, getting a Barry single and a pair of walks, but Tripodi was lifted with two outs for Mike Di Ianni, who came on and got the final out of the frame.
The Sea Gulls head to Franklin & Marshall College on Tuesday, March 27 before returning home to host Wesley College in a Capital Athletic Conference game on Wednesday, March 28. Each of those games is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.