OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The No. 14 Salisbury University baseball team defeated Stevenson University on Tuesday afternoon, 11-8, thanks to a three-run ninth-inning rally to push its winning streak up to 12 games.
Salisbury (18-4-1) jumped out early with a run in the first inning and two more in the second that included an RBI triple by Jimmy Adkins to give them a 3-0 lead.
Stevenson (12-11) got two runs back in the bottom half of the second inning to pull within one, then scored four more runs an inning later to take a 6-3 lead.
The Mustangs were unable to hold the lead for long, giving up three runs to the Sea Gulls in the top of the fourth inning, including an RBI single down the left field line by Justin Meekins to score Tyler Mayo and tie the game at six runs apiece.
A two-run home run by Stevenson's Jordan Moore in the bottom of the fourth inning gave the Mustangs the 8-6 advantage.
An RBI single to third base by Ron Villone in the fifth inning helped chip the Salisbury deficit to 8-7. It was Villone again in the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly to left field that tied the game up for the fourth time at eight runs each.
With the game still tied in the ninth inning, Jack Barry led off with a single to shortstop for the Sea Gulls before advancing to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Brad Haas. After a single through the left side of the infield by Will Gutekunst put runners on the corners, Villone stepped to the plate and delivered his third clutch hit of the game – a well-placed single back to the pitcher – to score Barry from third and take a 9-8 lead.
After successfully pulling off a double steal in the following at-bat, both Villone and Gutekunst were driven home on a single to left field by Adkins to help give some cushion and push the lead to 11-8.
Clayton Dwyer (5-1) got the win, pitching four innings in relief while strikinig out five batters and allowing zero hits. Adkins came in to pitch in the ninth inning and closed things out to earn his second save of the season.
The team returns home on Wednesday, March 3 to host Wesley College. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.