AUBURN, N.Y. – The No. 10 Salisbury University baseball team fell to No. 24 University of Southern Maine, 1-0, in its second game of the NCAA regional tournament on Friday night at Falcon Park.
The Sea Gulls (34-11) found themselves in their second pitchers' duel in as many days against the Huskies (29-13), as starters Austin Heenan and Ben Lambert went toe-to-toe for eight innings. Heenan struck out eight batters and only allowing three hits all game, but walked eight. A hit batter with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning would eventually result in the lone run of the game after a double into the gap in the following at-bat scored the runner from first base.
The closest the Sea Gulls came to scoring a run came in the top of the sixth inning when Matt Padeway squared up on a pitch and drove it off the left field wall for a double, and then was able to advance to third base on a fielding error by the left fielder. A strikeout in the following at-bat left Padeway stranded.
Salisbury outhit Southern Maine, 7-3, with Scott Ardoin collecting three hits and a walk to lead the maroon and gold. The loss snaps a nine-game winning streak for the Sea Gulls, while the Huskies move to 2-0 despite going 1-6 leading up to the start of the NCAA tournament.
The Sea Gulls will return to action on Saturday, May 19 to face Baldwin Wallace University in an elimination game. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.