Baseball splits doubleheader at No. 1 Christopher Newport

Baseball splits doubleheader at No. 1 Christopher Newport

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The No. 14 Salisbury University baseball team completed a three-game weekend series with a doubleheader split against Capital Athletic Conference opponent and top-ranked Christopher Newport University on Sunday afternoon. The Sea Gulls won the first contest, 1-0 while dropping the late game, 7-2.

Game 1: Salisbury 1, Christopher Newport 0

After combining for 18 runs in the series opener on Saturday afternoon, the Sea Gulls and Captains both struggled to put up runs to begin Sunday's tilt. It wasn't until the top of the sixth inning that Salisbury was able to deliver the first run of the day.

Jay Perry worked a walk to start off the inning before Matt Padeway was awarded first base after getting plunked by Captains starting pitcher Teddy Herbert. Herbert managed to record outs with the next two batters he faced, but a Justin Meekins' single through the left side of the infield was enough to score Perry from second base and give the Sea Gulls a 1-0 lead.

The lone run turned out to be all Salisbury needed, as starting pitcher Jimmy Adkins went the distance, tossing 143 pitches en route to his first complete game of the season. Adkins fanned six batters while scattering six hits across his nine innings of work. The win also marks the first shutout of the season for Salisbury.

Game 2: Christopher Newport 7, Salisbury 2

The Christopher Newport (23-3, 11-1 CAC) bats began to heat up in the back half of the twin bill with the Captains scoring the first three runs of the contest in the second inning.

Salisbury (20-6-1, 10-2 CAC) cut into its deficit in the top half of the fourth inning thanks in part to a solo home run off the bat of Meekins. Perry also contributed with a sacrifice fly to center field to score Jimmy Monaghan from third base to give Christopher Newport a 3-2 lead.

The Captains added a run in the fifth inning and two more in the seventh inning on a pair of RBI singles to push their lead to 7-2. The bullpen did the rest, holding the Sea Gulls to only two hits in the final three innings to secure the victory.

The team will look to rebound when it travels to Marymount (Va.) University on Wednesday, April 10. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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