SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 3 Salisbury University baseball team crossed Wicomico County to take part in its annual exhibition game against the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Class-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, and the Sea Gulls had a strong showing though falling 13-1 at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in front of 1,764.
The night was about more than just baseball. It was the sixth meeting between the teams, and the annual celebration of the NCAA's National Student-Athlete Day. Salisbury student-athletes were honored throughout the evening and involved in on-field contests throughout the game.
The Shorebirds would get to left-hander Dan Fein in the first inning with a pair of unearned runs. Delmarva came up with a couple of hits off Fein, and took advantage of a Sea Gull error to get the early 2-0 lead.
Junior Alex Lipman got Salisbury's first hit of the game, with an inside-out swing, driving a line drive to right field with one out, but was erased when Delmarva starter Bennett Parry got a double play ball from the next batter.
The Shorebirds added another run in the second with a solo home run off the bat of Jomar Reyes, and Delmarva threatened later, pushing another runner into scoring position when Jamill Moquete singled and advanced on a ground out. Moquete stood at second with two outs when Steve Wilkerson sent a single into right field. Salisbury's junior right fielder Tyler Hrycak fielded the ball cleanly and came up firing to home plate as Moquete rounded third. The throw was on the mark as catcher Austin Barefoot applied the tag for the final out of the inning.
Hrycak turned on a 1-and-1 pitch up in the zone from Parry to lead off the top of the third inning. The shot one-hopped the wall in left field for a stand-up double. The Sea Gulls cut into the lead when Danny Breen laced a single to center field, scoring Hrycak, cutting the lead to 3-1.
Sophomore Ryan Daiss made his impact on the game in the bottom of the third inning, striking out the side of Shorebirds in the inning, using just 15 pitches to do so.
The defense came through again in the fourth. After the Shorebirds put up two more in the bottom of the fourth, the home team tried a double steal, but catcher Austin Barefoot was able to gun down Wilkerson trying to take second to end the inning.
Salisbury would not get on the board again, but would register the three hits in the game.
The Sea Gulls get back to their NCAA and Capital Athletic Conference schedule on Wednesday, April 8, traveling to Marymount (Va.) University, for a 1 p.m. start.