ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University baseball team earned two Capital Athletic Conference victories over St. Mary's College of Maryland on Friday afternoon. The doubleheader sweep pushes the team's winning streak to eight games.
Game 1: Salisbury 12, St. Mary's 1
The Sea Gulls took their lead early in game one and never looked back. Three runs scored in the top of the second inning including RBI singles by Colby Dean and Justin Meekins, and a long foul out by Matt Padeway that allowed Will Gutekunst to tag up at third and score.
A Jay Perry double in the seventh inning scored Simon Palenchar and Scott Ardoin, and put the game out of reach, 9-0. With three more runs in the ninth inning, the maroon and gold would go on to win, 12-1. It is the fifth time in the past seven games in which the offense has scored 12 or more runs.
Connor Reeves collected his seventh win of the season, tossing six innings, while allowing only two hits to go along with four strikeouts. He now leads the CAC in wins, while his 1.69 ERA has him currently at fourth overall.
Game 2: Salisbury 11, St. Mary's 7 (10 inn.)
The second game played out much differently, eventually going to extra innings after the first nine saw three lead changes and four ties.
Salisbury (18-7, 7-2 CAC) took the early lead, going up 4-0 in the top of the fourth inning before the Seahawks (9-10, 2-7 CAC) scored their first run in the bottom half of the frame, cutting it to 4-1.
In the fifth inning, the Seahawks tallied four more runs on five hits to take the lead, 5-4.
The Sea Gulls tied the game at 5-5 in the sixth inning on a Padeway single up the middle that scored Perry from second base before. The Hawks would take back the lead in the bottom half of the frame on a two-out double down the left field line.
A sacrifice bunt by Meekins in the eighth inning helped score Dean from third base to tie the game at six runs apiece. A wild pitch a few at-bats later scored Ron Villone from third and gave the Gulls the late lead, but the Hawks tied it once again in the bottom half.
A scoreless ninth inning pushed the game to extras in which a hit batter, wild pitch, passed ball, and sacrifice fly accounted for all four of Salisbury's 10th inning runs. The Sea Gulls held the lead in the bottom half and go on to win the game, 11-7.
Barry collected his second win of the season, pitching the final three innings for the Sea Gulls. He struck out three batters while allowing one run on one hit.
The team will take the weekend off before traveling to Wesley College on Tuesday, April 10 to take on the Wolverines. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.