Sea Gulls defeat Wesley 8-1 to earn season-series split

Sea Gulls defeat Wesley 8-1 to earn season-series split

DOVER, Del. – For the second-straight day, the No. 14 Salisbury University baseball team earned a season-series split against a Capital Athletic Conference foe, this time with an 8-1 win over Wesley College.

Salisbury (17-6, 9-4) got on the scoreboard first, pushing across a pair of runs in the second inning. After senior Johnny Schiotis reached on an error, junior Jordan Gowe moved him to third with a double down the right field line. Both runners scored on a double to right center off the bat of sophomore Alex Lipman for a 2-0 SU lead.

The Sea Gulls pushed across another run in the third, with the inning having started much the same way the second did. Junior Kyle Hayman reached on an error and advanced to second on the play. Two batters later, senior Quinn Griffith singled to left center to push the Sea Gull lead to 3-0.

Sophomore Connor Shockley would make the lead stand with an outstanding performance on the mound. The Salisbury native would work 1-2-3 first and second innings. He allowed his first hit in the third inning before promptly retiring the next three hitters to get out of the inning.

Shockley would run into a bit of trouble in the fourth but worked out of the jam to keep Wesley (13-9, 8-3 CAC) off the scoreboard to that point. The Wolverines put together back-to-back one-out singles before Cory Smith was picked off at second for the second out of the inning. After a walk, Shockley picked up his third strikeout of the contest to end the threat.

The Wolverines again threatened in the fifth inning, putting together a two-out rally before Shockley left two runners on base to end the inning.

Salisbury would further its lead over the next two innings. In the sixth, junior Austin Barefoot singled to right center to score Gowe, who led off the inning with a double. The next inning, the Sea Gulls would plate two runs when Schiotis singled down the right field line, scoring Hayman and Griffith for a 6-0 lead.

Wesley would get on the scoreboard in the seventh, when Matt Domian started the inning with a single and then stole second. He would advance to third on a single by Joe Hummel and score on a fielder's choice off the bat of Eric Speidel.

Shockley would work through the seventh, which finished his afternoon. The lefty let up the lone run on seven hits, and struck out five Wolverine batters while walking one.
The Sea Gulls would tack on a pair of runs in the ninth when Barefoot singled in Griffith and junior Tyler Illian to make the score 8-1. 

The Sea Gulls will be back in action on Saturday, traveling to Newport News, Va., to take on Christopher Newport University. The two schools will play a doubleheader, with the first contest scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.

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