SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 8 Salisbury University baseball team broke out on offense for 17 runs through the first three innings, on the way to a 22-13 Capital Athletic Conference victory over Wesley College at the SU Baseball Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Wesley tallied the game's first run on a sacrifice fly in the first inning, but the Sea Gulls quickly answered in the bottom of the inning to take the lead.
Senior Kyle Goodwin led off with a single, before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Alex Lipman. Junior Pete Grasso came up next, driving a double to right-center to score Goodwin and tie the game.
He was followed by senior Jake Dmiterchik, who knocked a single through the left side of the infield; an error by the left fielder on the play allowed Grasso to score and Dmiterchik to reach third. Dmiterchik then came home on a RBI ground out by junior Tom LaBriola for a 3-1 lead.
The Sea Gulls continued the offensive outburst in the second inning, quickly loading the bases with no outs, as sophomore Brad Keith singled, senior Tyler Hrycak reached on an error, and junior Robbie Jones walked. Goodwin came up and singled into right field for two RBI, before Lipman connected on his first home run of the season. He jumped on a 2-and-1 pitch, driving it out to straight-away center field for a three-run shot and a five-run inning.
Trailing 8-1, the Wolverines cut the SU lead to four with three runs in the third, but Salisbury quickly put the game out of reach with nine more runs in its half of the inning.
Keith again began with a single, before coming home on a Hrycak double. After Jones singled, Goodwin, Lipman, Grasso, Dmiterchik, and LaBriola kept the offense going with five-straight RBI hits.
After batting around the lineup, Hrycak capped the inning with his first home run of the year, a solo shot drilled out to left center, for his second run driven in of the frame and a 17-4 Salisbury lead.
Freshman AJ Korczynski came in to pitch in the fourth, registering two innings on the mound in relief to earn his second win of the season. He only allowed one hit and one earned run in the effort.
Salisbury added four more runs in the bottom of the fourth on the power of two home runs. Dmiterchik launched his third of the season over the left-field fence for the first two runs, before freshman Jack Barry went down to get a low pitch and send his second homer of the year to left, pushing the advantage to 21-5.
Lipman drove in his team-leading and career-high fifth RBI in the fifth to cap Salisbury's scoring in the game. He went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, as well, in the game.
In all, five Sea Gulls scored three runs, each, while Dmiterchik led the way with a career-high five hits, adding four RBI; Goodwin also drove in three runs, going 3-for-6.
The Wolverines broke through for six more runs, combined, in the eighth and ninth innings, but Salisbury had already sealed the victory with the early offensive onslaught. The Sea Gulls produced 23 hits as a team in the game, marking their highest total of the season.
Salisbury returns to action, tomorrow, Thursday, March 17, traveling to Penn State University-Berks; the first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.