Sea Gulls top Bobcats in series opener

Sea Gulls top Bobcats in series opener

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 20 Salisbury University baseball team defeated Capital Athletic Conference opponent Frostburg State University in game one of a three-game weekend series on Saturday afternoon, 4-1.

Salisbury (12-4-1, 4-0 CAC) jumped into the run column early in the bottom of the first innings. Cameron Hyder started things off with a leadoff triple, and Jimmy Monaghan sent him home two at-bats later on a groundout to the shortstop to make it 1-0.

The Sea Gulls doubled their lead in the second inning. After Matt Padeway successfully laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance runners to second and third bases, Ron Villone scored lead runner Jay Perry on a groundout to short to push the lead to 2-0.

Monaghan scored Hyder again in the fifth inning on a two-out double down the right field line to push Salisbury's lead to 3-0.

A Jack Barry sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning tacked on one more for the maroon and gold, making it 4-0.

Frostburg State (10-5, 0-4 CAC) was able to break up the shutout with an unearned run in the top of the ninth inning, but it was all it could muster as it dropped its fourth straight to open conference play.

Clayton Dwyer (4-1) was once again electric on the mound, recording his third complete game in his past four starts. Dwyer allowed only five hits and one unearned run to the Bobcats, while striking out 10 total batters in the process.

The maroon and gold will finish off the three-game series with a doubleheader against the Bobcats tomorrow, March 24. Game one first pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Note: The road contest against Neumann University that had originally been postponed on March 19 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 17 in Aston, Pennsylvania. The game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start.