Strong offense leads Sea Gulls past Saints, 16-12

Strong offense leads Sea Gulls past Saints, 16-12

SALISBURY, Md. – The bats were hot on Wednesday afternoon as the No. 3 Salisbury University baseball team defeated Marymount (Va.) University, 16-12, in a Capital Athletic Conference matchup at the SU Baseball Field.

The Sea Gulls started off the game quickly, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. Senior Jordan Gowe opened up the scoring when he hit a two-run double into left field that scored sophomore Pete Grasso and senior Kyle Hayman. An RBI-bunt single from senior Austin Barefoot capped the scoring in the inning to give Salisbury an early 3-0 lead.

The Gulls added four more runs to their lead in the bottom of the second, giving them a 7-0 advantage. Hayman accounted for the first two runs in the inning when he powered a two-run homer over the right-field fence, his first blast of the season. After Gowe and junior Alex Lipman would reach on a single and a walk, respectively, Barefoot would send a double into left center to score both runners.

Although Marymount fell behind early, it would not back down, as its offense would come alive in the top of the third. The Saints scored six runs in the half inning, cutting Salisbury's lead to 7-6.

In the bottom of the third, the Sea Gulls would extend their lead by a run when a Hayman double to left center would drive in senior Danny Breen.

Senior Dan Fein saw the start on the mound for SU and pitched three innings before Head Coach Troy Brohawn put in junior Jeff Oster to relieve Fein in the top of the fourth.

The Saints would get to Oster in the fourth, scoring three runs to take a 9-8 lead, but the Sea Gull offense would strike back in the bottom half of the inning.

With one out on the board, Barefoot hit a single through the right side to get on base. Junior Tyler Hrycak was next in the order, and he would drive a single up the middle, sending Barefoot to second. After both runners advanced on a wild pitch, Barefoot would score after Marymount's pitcher committed a balk. Salisbury would take a 10-9 lead after senior Tyler Illian singled to the third baseman, scoring Hrycak.

In the bottom of the fifth, SU would tally another run when Gowe hit an RBI single through the gap that scored Hayman; Hayman reached on a fielding error by the third baseman.

The Sea Gull bats would get hot again in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs and taking a 13-9 lead, highlighted by a solo bomb into left field by Hrycak.

Salisbury's third and final home run of the day would come in the bottom of the seventh when Lipman sent one over the left field fence, notching his first long ball of his career. Lipman's homer was the lone run in the inning.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Gulls would add two more runs to its total to take a 16-10 lead, thanks to a bases-loaded fielder's choice from Grasso that scored Illian, and a sacrifice fly from Gowe that sent junior Jake Dmiterchik home.

Junior pitcher Jon Schmedel earned the win on the mound for the Sea Gulls, allowing just one hit in three innings of work and striking out six batters.

Senior Kyle Hamby closed out the game on the mound, pitching the last two innings of the game, recording four strikeouts.

Salisbury will be back in action on Saturday, March 28 when they travel to take on Penn State University-Harrisburg in a conference doubleheader. The twin bill is set to begin at 12 p.m.

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