SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 3 Salisbury University baseball team picked up a non-conference win on a blustery Sunday afternoon with a 16-1 victory over Gallaudet University at the SU Baseball Field.
After a scoreless first inning, the Bison got on the scoreboard first in the top half of the second on an RBI single from Kyle Gumm. However, Sea Gull starting pitcher Connor Shockley gained control from there, retiring the next batter to end the inning to begin a streak in which he retired 11 Gallaudet batters, including three-straight one-two-three innings in the third, fourth, and fifth.
The Sea Gulls broke through in the bottom of the third, as senior Danny Breen led off with a single, before stealing second. Two batters later, senior Kyle Hayman turned on the first pitch for a triple to deep-right field, scoring Breen.
Salisbury encored in the bottom of the fourth with a five-run inning to break the game open. Capitalizing on a Bison error that allowed junior Tyler Hrycak to reach, Breen doubled to drive in the run.
After stealing third, Breen came home on a passed ball.
The big hit came after junior Jake Dmiterchik singled and Hayman walked to put two on. With Gowe at the plate, he jumped on the first pitch and ripped a double into left center, scoring both baserunners to push the lead to 6-1. He then came around to score on another error for the fifth run.
Gowe finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate, while leading the team with three RBIs.
The Sea Gulls hit double digits, scoring in three-straight offensive innings, after a three-run bottom of the fifth.
Breen came around to score on a wild pitch and a throwing error on the catcher, after being hit by a pitch and stealing second. Then, Hayman smoked another shot into deep-right field for his second triple to score Dmiterchik, who doubled the prior at bat to reach.
Hayman then came across for the 10-1 lead on a sacrifice fly by Grasso.
The lead was plenty for Shockley, who allowed a hit in the sixth, but that was it, as he cruised through his final four innings of work. He earned his second win of the year with six innings pitched, scattering four hits and allowing the one run, while striking out five.
They capped the scoring in the eighth, as Hayman completed his 3-for-5 day with an RBI single; he finished the game with four runs scored and two RBIs.
The Sea Gulls return to action on Monday, March 30 in Capital Athletic Conference play, traveling to Penn State University-Harrisburg for a doubleheader set to begin at 12 p.m.