ARLINGTON, Va. – The No. 11 Salisbury University baseball team fell in Capital Athletic Conference action on Wednesday afternoon at Marymount (Va.) University, 14-11, in an offensive battle in which the teams combined for 29 hits and five home runs.
The Saints used a solo home run in each of the first two innings to take an early 2-0 lead, but senior Kyle Goodwin returned the favor with his fourth long ball of the season in the top of the third. After junior Robbie Jones walked, Goodwin blasted a two-run shot over the right-field wall to knot the score, 2-2.
The Sea Gulls took the lead an inning later with another two-run frame. After Marymount took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third, sophomore Brad Keith led off the fourth with a single into left field. Freshman Jack Barry was hit by a pitch to get two runners on, and with Jones at the plate, a Marymount error allowed Keith to come home and tie the game.
Goodwin then came up and sent a sacrifice fly into right field to score Barry for the 4-3 lead and his third RBI of the game. He finished second on the team in RBI for the game, while tying for a team-high three hits.
Marymount quickly took back the lead in its half of the inning, taking advantage of a Salisbury error, four walks, and two hits by pitch for a seven-run outburst to take a 10-4 advantage.
However, the Sea Gulls only needed one swing of the bat to cut into the Saints' lead in a big way in the fifth inning. Senior Jake Dmiterchik and junior Tom LaBriola hit back-to-back singles to get two on with one out, before senior Tyler Hrycak walked to load the bases with two away. Barry came to the plate and launched a grand slam over the left-field wall to get the Gulls back to within two, 10-8. The homer was Barry's third of the season.
The Sea Gulls continued the comeback attempt with a run in the sixth. Senior Alex Lipman led off with a double and advanced to third on a passed ball. With two outs, LaBriola came up and shot a single into left field to score the run for his 14th two-out RBI on the year.
Senior Connor Shockley held the Saints scoreless through the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, giving the Gulls a chance to retake the lead, but Salisbury was unable to before Marymount opened its lead back up to five with four runs in the eighth.
Despite trailing 14-9 in the top of the ninth, Salisbury would not go down without a fight, as LaBriola led off the inning with a single. Barry then connected with his second home run of the game to cut the score to 14-11, but the comeback was not enough, as Marymount held on for the win.
Barry finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate with three runs and six RBI, setting a career high. Lipman and LaBriola both finished with three hits, each, to tie Goodwin for the team lead.
The Sea Gulls return home to the SU Baseball Field to host Gwynedd Mercy University tomorrow, Thursday, March 24; the game is set for 3 p.m.