SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 17 Salisbury University baseball team finished the conference portion of its regular season with a 4-2 win over Marymount (Va.) University, Wednesday afternoon at the SU Baseball Field.
Marymount (6-23, 0-13 CAC) pushed across a run in the first to take the early lead, when Anthony Perretti grounded out to score Karlis Graubics.
The Sea Gulls thought they had answered back but came up empty in the first. With the bases loaded and one out, junior Jordan Gowe faced an 0-and-2 count, when the next pitch hit his left elbow. The umpire ruled that he had not made an effort to get out of the way of the ball and brought Gowe back to home plate. He would ground into a 5-4-3 double play the next pitch, ending the threat.
Salisbury (21-7, 11-5 CAC) would break through in the bottom of the third, after nearly suffering the same fate as the first inning. With one out and runners on first and second, senior Quinn Griffith grounded to third but beat the throw at first to avoid being doubled up. Up next was classmate Johnny Schiotis, who singled up the middle to bring in junior Kyle Hayman from third.
Following the first out of the fifth inning, Hayman would reach base with a single, having beat the covering pitcher who took the flip from the first baseman. Following two walks, Schiotis would drive in Hayman for the second time of the contest, this time with a sacrifice fly to left field to give SU a 2-1 lead.
Sophomore Connor Shockley worked out of jams all afternoon, including the sixth inning, stranding a runner at third with his eighth strikeout of his outing. He was unable to get through the seventh unscathed though, as he uncorked a wild pitch with two outs that allowed Sean Gallagher to score to tie the game, 2-2.
The Sea Gulls would answer in their half of the seventh, when Gowe doubled to left center with two outs, bringing in Hayman and Schiotis to give SU a 4-2 lead.
Sophomore Jon Schmedel would come in to work the eighth, working around a one-out walk to get out of the inning without the Saints getting on the board. Shockley finished having allowed a pair of runs on three hits, striking out 10 and walking three in seven innings of work.
Junior Kyle Hamby would work a perfect ninth for the save.
In the first inning, Schiotis was hit by a pitch, the 38th time that has happened in his career. He now sits tied atop the all-time leaderboard with Andrew Miller (2008-10).
The Sea Gulls will head to Buena Vista, Va., for a doubleheader against Southern Virginia University on Saturday. The first game is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.