SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 17 Salisbury University baseball team earned a 5-4 non-conference, extra-inning win on Tuesday afternoon at the SU Baseball Field over Catholic University of America.
The Cardinals missed on their first opportunity against starting pitcher Dylan Anderson in the top of the first. After getting a fly out, Anderson walked the next two batters but a pair of groundouts would end the threat.
Salisbury (20-7) also came up short after getting runners in scoring position in the bottom of the first. Freshman Pete Grasso reached on a one-out error before advancing to third base on senior Quinn Griffith's looping line drive just inside the left-field foul line. But the two runners were stranded, following a pop out and groundout.
The game would remain scoreless into the fourth despite another tricky situation for Anderson in the third. After walking the bases loaded in the third with one out, Anderson got a groundball off the bat of Nick Clary which Johnny Schiotis scooped up at second, and got the quick turn at second base by Grasso for the double play ending the threat.
But the Cardinals (13-11) would break through in the next inning. Catcher Paul Bermester led off the inning with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a groundout for the 1-0 lead. Brendan Breslin would come up with a single and steal second before scoring on Brett Pedula's double to push the Cardinal lead to 2-0.
Salisbury would get on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jordan Gowe led off the inning with a double to left field, which carried to the fence. After a groundout, Gowe moved to third base on a flyout and, after designated hitter Sam Myers reached on catcher's interference, scored on a single through the left side by Bill Root.
Kyle Goodwin, who pinch ran for Myers, and Root advanced on a wild pitch and Goodwin scored to tie the game on a passed ball.
The Sea Gulls would break through in the bottom of the eighth, starting with a leadoff single by Gowe. Austin Barefoot would sacrifice Gowe to second, who was then pinch run for by Tyler Illian. Two batters later, Goodwin laced a single to left field with Illian coming around to give the Sea Gulls a 3-2 lead.
The Cardinals would push across a run in the top of the ninth off Kyle Hamby to even the score when John Palladino lifted a ball to right field with the bases loaded, scoring Stefan Poggioli. Catholic loaded the bases in part by two Salisbury errors in the inning.
The Sea Gulls got out of the inning without further damage when Poggioli was cut down at home, trying to advance as the runner from first attempted to steal.
Salisbury had its chance in the ninth to walk off but was unable to do so. Root led off the inning with a walk and moved up two bases on a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Hayman. Grasso was up next and sent a fly ball to right field. Poggliogi would atone for his base running error, gunning down Root at the plate to send the game to extra innings.
The Cardinals would work the bases loaded in the 11th and would push across a run when Andrew Stewart attempted a bunt that was misplayed by Hamby, with everyone ending up safe, and a run able to score.
Ken O'Neill would lead off the Sea Gull half of the 11th with a walk and moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt by Goodwin. Root followed by drawing a walk of his own and both runners would steal to move up a base with Hayman at bat. Hayman would send Salisbury home with a win with a base hit to left field, with both O'Neill and Root scoring.
The Sea Gulls will be back in action tomorrow in their final regular-season Capital Athletic Conference game, hosting Marymount (Va.) University. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.