Sea Gulls fall to Wolverines in CAC contest

Sea Gulls fall to Wolverines in CAC contest

DOVER, Del. – The No. 12 Salisbury University baseball team fell on the road on Wednesday afternoon in Capital Athletic Conference action to Wesley College, 10-9.

The Sea Gulls fell into an early hole, with Wesley putting up five runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Wolverines took advantage of two Salisbury errors in the frame and a walk, needing only three hits for the runs.

The deficit increased to 8-0 by the end of the third, after Wesley added a run in the second and two more in the third.

After being held without a hit through the first three innings, senior Alex Lipman singled to start the fourth for the team's first hit. An inning later in the fifth, the Sea Gulls got going with five runs, as senior Tyler Hrycak blasted his fourth home run of the year to lead off the inning and end the shutout bid.

Freshman Jack Barry followed with the single, before senior Mike LaBriola walked and classmate Kyle Goodwin reached on an error to load the bases with no outs. Lipman then walked in a run, before junior Tom LaBriola drove a single into center to score two and cut the Wesley lead to 8-4.

Senior Jake Dmiterchik drove in the fifth run on a sacrifice fly to get back to within three runs.

The Sea Gulls were able to tie the score in the sixth inning. Barry led off with a single and scored on a single by Mike LaBriola. Mike LaBriola then came in on a single by Tom LaBriola, before a sacrifice bunt by Dmiterchik scored Lipman to bring the score to 8-8.

The Wolverines responded in their half of the inning with two runs to regain the lead. Salisbury got one back in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Barry, but Wesley was able to hold on for the win.

Tom LaBriola led the way in the game with three RBI, while Dmiterchik drove in two; four Sea Gulls tallied two hits in the contest.

The Sea Gulls return home on Saturday, April 2 for a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader for its next games, hosting the University of Mary Washington; the first pitch is set for 1 p.m.

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