SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 20 Salisbury University baseball team completed a weekend sweep of Capital Athletic Conference opponent Frostburg State University on Sunday afternoon, winning both both ends of its doubleheader by scores of 11-10 and 12-6.
Game 1: Salisbury 11, Frostburg State 10
After winning the series opener on Saturday afternoon, 4-1, the Sea Gulls began Sunday's opener with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Cameron Hyder led off the inning with a walk, then advanced two bases on a passed ball and a fielding error before Jimmy Monaghan sent him home on a sacrifice fly. Jack Barry scored Brad Haas from second base in the next at-bat with a single into right field for the early 2-0 lead.
The Sea Gulls added three more runs in the bottom of the second inning. After recording two quick outs, Frostburg pitcher Colby Lee walked four straight batters to score the first run of the inning. A passed ball scored run number two in the inning before two more walks forced home a third run to push the Salisbury lead to 5-0 and end Lee's day.
The Bobcats rallied to make it a one-run game in the third inning. A Ryan Roell RBI single was followed up by a three-run blast to right center field by Jason Paredes to make it 5-4 Salisbury.
A Monaghan RBI double in the fourth and a Matt Padeway solo home run to right center field in the fifth pushed the Salisbury lead to 7-4, but a seventh inning Bobcat rally saw six runs come across home plate to make it 10-7 Frostburg.
Salisbury got two runs back in the bottom half of the inning on a Ron Villone single that scored Will Gutekunst. A fielding error on the play allowed Villone to advance to second base, while Jay Perry was able to advance home to make it 10-9.
It was Villone again in the eighth inning, giving his team the lead for good with a two-run single up the middle, scoring Padeway and Trent Saunders.
Reliever Xavier Marmol (2-0) was able to hold down the lead with a one-two-three ninth inning to earn his second win of the season. Marmol finished the game pitching the final 2 1/3 innings while striking out two batters and allowing only one hit.
Game 2: Salisbury 12, Frostburg State 6
Frostburg State (10-7, 0-6 CAC) struck first in the final game of the series, scoring runs in both the second and third innings to take an early 2-0 lead against Salisbury starting pitcher Zach Amisano. However, Amisano was able to limit the damage as the Bobcats left six runners stranded through the first five innings.
Bobcats starting Pitcher Chase Delost cruised through the Salisbury lineup for the first five innings, allowing only two hits while striking out an impressive nine batters, but ran in to trouble in the sixth inning. Delost allowed the first two batters of the inning to reach base before a Gutekunst sacrifice bunt advanced them both into scoring position.
With his pitch count already at 95, Delost was relieved by Franco Velasquez, who didn't fare much better. After striking out the first batter he faced, Velasquez gave up a two-run double to pinch hitter Troy Miller to tie the game at 2-2. Miller was then able to come home and score the go-ahead run for Salisbury (14-4-1, 6-0 CAC) on two passed balls.
After plunking Villone with a pitch in the following at-bat, Velasquez was relieved by Dan Ryczek who allowed a walk and an RBI single to the two batters he faced.
Christian Rivera then took the mound for the Bobcats facing a bases-loaded situation and promptly served up a pitch to Monaghan who sent it back over the center field wall for a grand slam and an 8-2 Salisbury lead.
The maroon and gold added four more runs to its lead in the seventh inning, including a Stephen Rice RBI-ground rule double and an RBI triple by Hyder to make it 12-2.
The Bobcats rallied to score four runs in the ninth inning, but it wasn't enough as the Sea Gulls held on to complete the sweep.
Amisano (4-0) earned the win, pitching seven strong innings that included a pair of strikeouts and only two earned runs. Matt Grogan and Robbie Hollenbeck combined to close out the game in the ninth inning.
Salisbury will take the week off before hitting the road to take on CAC opponent Penn State University-Harrisburg in a three-game weekend series beginning on Saturday, March 30. Game one's first pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.