SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University baseball team opened play in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Friday, winning its two games, topping Frostburg State University before defeating York College of Pennsylvania.
Salisbury 7, Frostburg St. 0
The top-seeded Sea Gulls jumped on the fourth-seeded Bobcats (23-14) early in the first game, scoring twice in the first inning and adding three more in the third. The two runs in the first inning came home on a ground ball by Jack Decker that resulted in an error, while Matt Padeway's single through the right side in the third with two outs sent two more home to push the lead to 4-0.
The first four runs were more than enough for starting pitcher Austin Heenan, who went the distance for his second complete game and shutout of the year, allowing just four hits over the nine innings, walking four and striking out 10 as he improved to 9-3 on the year.
The Bobcats had just three runners reach scoring position, with only one getting to third base and Heenan finished the game strong, retiring the final 10 men he faced.
Salisbury scored single runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to cap the scoring, with the big shot a solo home run off the bat of Jack Barry in the fifth, his team-leading eighth of the year.
Barry and Decker each had two hits to lead Salisbury's offensive attack, as the Sea Gulls got to Frostburg ace Greg Schneider for eight hits in his 7 2/3 innings on the mound. All of the hits were singles, and a pair of Bobcat errors led to two of Salisbury's runs to be unearned.
The loss eliminated the Bobcats, who fell in the first game of the day to sixth-seeded York, 17-5.
Salisbury 7, York 0
In a pitchers' duel, it was the Sea Gulls (30-10) that would strike first, getting to York's Will Grega in the bottom of the fourth. Salisbury got a pair of walks before Colby Dean lifted a, 0-and-2 offering from Grega to right-center field. The ball carried out of the park for a three-run home run.
Salisbury added to its lead in the top of the seventh inning when Justin Meekins scored from second base on a softly hit liner to center field by Scott Ardoin and the Sea Gulls brought home three more runs in the eighth when Meekins drilled a three-run home run.
With Salisbury ace Connor Reeves on the mound for the Sea Gulls, the lead held through the remainder of the contest, even with the Spartans bringing the highest-scoring offense in the CAC into the game. Reeves allowed just five hits for the Spartans (19-17-1) while striking out 11 and rarely facing danger. With his 12th victory, Reeves now sits in a three-way tie for most wins in a single season in program history, sharing the honor with Brett Collacchi (2014) and Brian Brushe (1977).
The Sea Gulls and Spartans will get together again on Saturday, May 5 beginning at 11 a.m., with Salisbury needing just one win to advance to next weekend's CAC championship series, while York would need to win the first game and come back with a second win against Salisbury to advance to next weekend.