Salisbury bats come alive in doubleheader sweep of Lions

Salisbury bats come alive in doubleheader sweep of Lions

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – The No. 16 Salisbury University baseball team pushed its winning streak to 10 games with a doubleheader sweep of Capital Athletic Conference opponent Penn State University-Harrisburg on Saturday afternoon, winning with final scores of 13-9 and 21-5.

Game 1: Salisbury 13, Penn St.-Harrisburg 9

The Lions jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI ground out to the right side of the infield by Jackson Struve that was followed up by a two-run home run by teammate Zach Koroneos.

The Sea Gulls got two back in the top of the third innings on a two-run single through the right side of the infield by Jimmy Monaghan that scored Cameron Hyder and Brandon Bonesteel to make it 3-2 in the Lions' favor.

A Jimmy Adkins' RBI single up the middle an inning later sent Matt Padeway home from second base to tie the game at 3-3.

A big fifth inning by the Lions that included a Brett Williams two-run home run and a Travis Van Houten three-run shot pushed the home team in front, 8-3, but the Sea Gulls answered back, scoring six of their own in the top of the sixth inning to take a 9-8 lead. Adkins and Brad Haas each had RBI singles in the inning, while Monaghan and Bonesteel added a pair of two-run doubles.

The Lions once again tied the game at 9-9 in the bottom of the sixth, but four more Salisbury runs in the final two frames sealed the game one victory.

Xavier Marmol (3-0) only needed to face three batters to record the win in relief after his team took the lead for good following his appearance. Adkins recorded his first save of the season, pitching the final two innings while striking out three batters and allowing no hits to close the contest.

Game 2: Salisbury 21, Penn St.-Harrisburg 5

Unlike game one, Salisbury (16-4-1, 8-0 CAC) took a commanding lead early and never looked back.

After putting up three runs in the top of the first inning that included a Monaghan two-run blast, the Sea Gulls put together their most impressive inning of the season in the second inning. The maroon and gold sent 15 batters to the plate resulting in 11 runs scored. The highlight of the inning was a Will Gutekunst grand slam to left field. Monaghan's two at-bats in the inning also combined for four RBI, while Justin Meekins drove in three runs in his two plate appearances to help take a 14-0 lead.

Padeway and Ron Villone each drove in runs in the third inning pushing the lead to 16-0.

The Lions (14-6-1, 4-4 CAC) finally entered the run column in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-run home run by Koroneos, but four more Salisbury runs in the seventh inning extended the lead to 20-2.

Hyder capped of the day with an RBI single up the middle to score Tyler Mayo. The Lions would tack on a few late runs to make it 21-5, but the game was already decided.

Adkins earned the win in game two after completing five innings of work while striking out two batters and allowing only two earned runs.

The team returns to action on Sunday when they close out the three-game series against the Lions. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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