BALTIMORE, Md. – The bats were on fire on Tuesday afternoon, as the No. 4 Salisbury University baseball team defeated Johns Hopkins University, 11-4, in a single-game matchup.
The Sea Gulls got on the board early in the contest, scoring two runs in the top of the first to take an early lead.
Senior Kyle Hayman led off the game with a single through the left side and quickly stole second to get into scoring position. Sophomore Pete Grasso reached first when he was walked, before both Grasso and Hayman advanced on a groundout. With two outs, senior Danny Breen sent a hard grounder toward the Johns Hopkins second baseman, who mishandled the ball, allowing Breen to reach first and sending Hayman and Grasso across home plate.
Salisbury (28-4) added another run to its total in the top of the third, increasing its lead to 3-0.
Grasso blasted a one-out double off the right-field fence to become the first base runner of the inning, and on the next at-bat, senior Jordan Gowe sent a single down the right-field line to score Grasso.
In the top of the fifth, the Sea Gulls' offense opened up, tallying five runs in the half-inning to go up 8-0.
Hayman started the fifth with an infield single, his second hit of the day, and made his way over to second on a passed ball. Gowe tallied a one-out single to put runners on the corners, before senior Bobby Sanzone executed his 11th sacrifice bunt of the season to send Hayman home and earn an RBI. Gowe moved over to second on the suicide squeeze and stole third on the next at-bat.
Breen found himself in scoring position after being hit by a pitch and stealing second, before senior Austin Barefoot was walked to load the bases. Junior Alex Lipman hit a two-out double down the left-field line that scored Breen and Gowe. Lipman and Barefoot both scored on a throwing error by the Blue Jays' shortstop during the next at-bat to account for the final two runs of the inning.
Johns Hopkins (27-11-1) scored one run in each of the sixth and seventh innings to cut into Salisbury's lead, but the Sea Gull offense lit up one more time in the top of the eighth, scoring three runs to take an 11-2 lead.
Junior Kyle Goodwin, who came in to pinch hit, started things off in the inning with a leadoff single up the middle and eventually scored when Grasso singled through the left side. After taking second on a groundout, Grasso made his way home on a fielding error by the Blue Jays' second baseman.
A single from Breen that scored Sanzone notched the final run of the inning.
Senior Dan Fein saw the start on the hill for Salisbury and pitched seven innings, earning his fifth win of the season and recording two strikeouts in the contest. Junior Jeff Oster and senior Kyle Hamby each pitched a hitless inning of relief to close out the game.
The Sea Gulls will be back at home on Friday, May 8 to take on Rutgers University-Camden in a single-game matchup at the SU Baseball Field. The first pitch is set for 3 p.m.