SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 22 Salisbury University baseball team completed a three-game weekend series sweep, defeating the visiting University of Mary Washington on Sunday afternoon, 11-5.
The Sea Gulls (11-4-1, 3-0 CAC) scored twice in the top of the first inning without recording a hit. The first run came on a bases-loaded walk by Jack Barry with no outs that scored leadoff hitter Cameron Hyder. Brandon Bonesteel drove a sacrifice fly into right field two batters later, sending home Brad Haas from third base to make it 2-0.
The Eagles (3-7, 0-3 CAC) cut their deficit in half in the top of the second inning. Garrett Lyons initiated the sequence while trying to steal second base, but was gunned down on a strong throw from catcher Tyler Mayo. However, David Lambertson was able to advance home from third base on the play to bring the score to 2-1.
Salisbury tacked on five more runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a commanding 7-1 lead. After Will Gutekunst opened the inning with a leadoff triple, Mayo smacked a single to the first baseman to score his teammate from third base. A throwing error and a passed ball led to two more Sea Gull runs before Bonesteel sent home runs four and five on a double into the right-center field gap.
A fourth inning RBI ground-rule double by Nick Bass scored the second run of the day for Mary Washington, but three more Salisbury runs in the fifth put the game out of reach, as Hyder, Barry and Jimmy Monaghan each drove in runs with singles to bring the lead to 10-2.
The Eagles scored a couple of runs in the seventh and eighth innings to bring them within six, but a Jay Perry run-scoring double down the left field line in bottom of the eighth brought Salisbury's run total to 11.
Zach Amisano (3-0) earned the victory, pitching six strong innings for the Sea Gulls while allowing only one earned run and striking out four batters.
The team will hit the road to take on Neumann University on Tuesday, March 19 in Aston, Pennsylvania. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.