Early runs push Sea Gulls past Rangers

Early runs push Sea Gulls past Rangers

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 21 Salisbury University baseball team defeated Drew University at Sea Gull Baseball Stadium on Thursday afternoon, 12-5.

The Sea Gulls (26-10) found their bats early in the game, combining for 10 of their 12 runs in the first four innings. The first inning began quickly, as Justin Meekins led off with a double down the right field line before being driven home on a Jack Barry triple that fell just shy of the fence. A single through the right side by Scott Ardoin scored Barry a couple of at-bats later. Ardoin would score the final run of the inning on a bases-loaded balk for the early 3-0 lead.

Jake Terry led off the second inning for the maroon and gold with a walk before Meekins advanced him to third base on a single up the middle. Meekins then stole second during the next at-bat to place two runners in scoring position for Barry, who added to his RBI total with a single up the middle, plating both baserunners for a 5-0 lead.

The Rangers (15-16) would get one back in the third inning, but it wouldn't matter for long as Salisbury put up another five runs only a short while later in the fourth inning. A throwing error by the Rangers' pitcher allowed Meekins to advance home from third base for his third run of the game. Jack Decker then drove home Barry from third base to finish the at-bat. He would then score two at-bats later on a double to right field by Matt Padeway. Will Gutekunst finished off the big inning for the Sea Gulls with a double to right field to score both Padeway and Ardoin and bust the game open, 10-1.

Drew managed to salvage a few runs in the final innings, but the insurmountable lead proved to be too much for the visitors, as Salisbury was able to walk away with the 12-5 victory.

Wes Whitlock (4-0) earned the win with a quality start that included eight strikeouts and only one earned run through six innings of work.

The team wraps up the regular season on Saturday, April 28 when it hosts Capital Athletic Conference opponent Penn State University-Harrisburg in a doubleheader. Game one first pitch is set for 12 p.m.

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