Goodwin leads offense as Sea Gulls down Blue Jays, 9-5

Goodwin leads offense as Sea Gulls down Blue Jays, 9-5

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 4 Salisbury University baseball team pushed its winning streak to four-straight games on Thursday afternoon at the SU Baseball Field, scoring four eighth-inning runs to defeat No. 24 Johns Hopkins University, 9-5.

The Sea Gulls led for much of the game, but a home run off the bat of Ryan Orgielewicz in the top of the eighth tied the game, 5-5, for the Blue Jays.

With only six-potential outs remaining before possible extra innings, the Sea Gulls only needed three to take back the lead. SU quickly loaded the bases, after senior Tyler Hrycak and sophomore Brad Keith drew walks and freshman Jack Barry was hit by a pitch.

Senior Kyle Goodwin drove in the winning run on the next at-bat, beating out an infield single up the third-base line, as Hrycak came in to score. Goodwin finished the game 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBI to lead the team in the game.

Salisbury added two more runs on a fielder's choice with senior Alex Lipman at the plate, taking advantage of a Blue Jay error on a throw to the plate that allowed Keith and Barry to come home.

Junior Pete Grasso than lifted a sacrifice fly to right to score Goodwin, securing the Salisbury win in its final at-bat.

The Sea Gulls took an early lead in the first inning, with Goodwin driving a lead-off double down the left-field line and eventually scoring on a sacrifice fly off the bat of junior Tom LaBriola. The RBI was LaBriola's eighth in the past four games.

Senior Connor Shockley earned the start on the mound of the Gulls, allowing only three hits and no runs through the first-five innings to keep Salisbury ahead. Goodwin extended the lead to two in the third inning with his second home run of the season, jumping on a 2-and-0 pitch and sending it over the right-center-field wall.

The Blue Jays broke through in the sixth with four runs to grab the lead, but it would be short lived. In the Gulls' half of the sixth, LaBriola walked to lead off, before scoring from first on the next at-bat; junior Kevin Dean drove a ball to the left-field wall for an RBI double to tie the game.

Keith then tripled to drive in Dean, before scoring on another Johns Hopkins' error, giving Salisbury a 5-4 lead before the late-game scoring that grabbed the victory.

Sophomore Connor Reeves earned the win in the game, his first of the season, giving up only two hits and striking out two in 2 2/3 innings in relief.

The Sea Gulls will be back in action on Saturday, March 5 in a double header, playing host to State University of New York at Oswego; the first pitch for game one is set for 11 a.m.

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