Baseball falls to Cortland in second game of weekend series

Baseball falls to Cortland in second game of weekend series

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 4 Salisbury University baseball team fell on Sunday afternoon in the final game of a two-game weekend series against No. 1 State University of New York at Cortland 27-13 at the SU Baseball Field.

The Sea Gulls got off to a fast start in the game, scoring seven runs in the bottom half of the first inning. Senior Kyle Goodwin set the table in the inning with a lead-off hit by pitch, before advancing to second and third on wild pitches.

Junior Pete Grasso scored Goodwin on an RBI double into left field, before two more Cortland wild pitches moved him to third and eventually in to score for a 2-0 edge.

The inning continued when senior Alex Lipman laced a single up the middle to score senior Tyler Hrycak and freshman Jay Perry, who reached on a walk and hit by pitch, respectively.

After junior Tom LaBriola walked, freshman Jack Barry drove another ball up the middle for two more runs and his first career hit.

The Gulls capped the scoring with Barry coming around on a Red Dragon error to give Salisbury a 7-0 lead after just one frame.

Cortland answered in the second with four runs, including three on an inside-the-park home run, but Salisbury was able to add to its lead in the bottom of the inning.

Lipman again came to the plate with a runner in scoring position and came through with a single into left field for his third RBI.

After a scoreless third, the Red Dragons were able to grab the lead in the fourth with a seven-run inning, highlighted by a three-run home run by Austin Clock.

Grasso again plated Goodwin to cut into the Cortland lead at 12-9 in the fifth, but the Red Dragons added runs in each of the final four innings to preserve the win.

Freshman Jake Terry drove in two runs in the final innings for the Gulls in his first career action, drawing a bases-loaded walk in the seventh and hitting an RBI single in the ninth.

Grasso also added another RBI in the seventh with a single to right for his third of the game, tying Lipman for the team lead.

The Sea Gulls are back in action on Tuesday, February 23 at Virginia Wesleyan College in a make-up date from a game that was rescheduled from February 13; first pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.

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