Baseball opens 2019 season with win against Gwynedd Mercy

Baseball opens 2019 season with win against Gwynedd Mercy

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 24 Salisbury University baseball team opened the 2019 season with a 7-2 win against Gwynedd Mercy University on Sunday afternoon at Sea Gull Baseball Stadium.

The game was scoreless until the fourth inning as Salisbury starting pitcher Clayton Dwyer and Gwynedd Mercy starter R.J. Boyle combined to allow just two hits through the first three and a half innings.

Salisbury (1-0) broke through in the bottom of the fourth when Cameron Hyder walked to open the frame, advanced to second on a groundout and scored on Matt Padeway's two-out single to center field.

The Griffins (0-1) were able to get to Dwyer in the top of the sixth inning, with a hit batter, single, and double to tie the game 1-1 and end Dwyer's day. Salisbury used four pitchers in the inning, the final of which was freshman Daniel Frake who came on with the bases loaded and one out. In his first career appearance, Frake was able to record back-to-back strikeouts to strand the runners on base and keep the game tied.

The contest remained tied for just a few minutes thanks to the bat of Brandon Bonesteel. The junior lifted a ball down the right field line that carried out beyond the fence for the first Salisbury home run of the season, and the first for Bonesteel in maroon and gold.

Salisbury added a pair of runs later in the inning when Nate Yoder drove a double to right-center field, extending the lead to 4-1.

Gwynedd Mercy answered with a solo home run in the top of the seventh, but it was all the Griffins' offense could manage. Salisbury used seven pitchers in the contest with Frake earning the win. Dwyer went five-plus, striking out a pair in his Salisbury debut.

Padeway and Hyder led the offensive effort for Salisbury, each with two hits. Padeway drove in two runs and had a triple in the game.

The Sea Gulls return to action next weekend, hosting Immaculata University on Saturday, February 16, beginning at 1 p.m.

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