CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The Salisbury University baseball team traveled to Washington (Md.) College on Thursday afternoon for game two of the two-game series between the two programs. The Sea Gulls defeated the Shoremen by the final score of 3-1.
Salisbury (18-7) struck first jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Tom LaBriola led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a Jay Perry single down the left field line. Jack Decker opened the scoring the next at-bat singling to right field and plating LaBriola.
The Shoremen (9-11) pulled even in the bottom half of the fourth inning but saw the Sea Gulls jump right back in front half an inning later.
Kyle Canavan stepped to the plate as a pinch hitter in the top half of the fifth inning and on the very first pitch he saw from Washington pitcher Matt Furlong he sent it over the left field wall for the 2-1 lead. Pete Grasso added an insurance run later in the inning scoring Justin Meekins on a sacrifice fly to center field stretching the maroon and gold's advantage to 3-1.
That was all the support Connor Reeves required as he was brilliant throughout making just his second start of the season. Reeves picked up his fourth win going nine innings pitched allowing just six hits, one run, and issuing two walks while striking out eight.
In five separate innings Reeves held the Shoremen offense in check allowing no hits including the final three innings of play in which Washington recorded a grand total of one base runner. Four times throughout the game Reeves forced the Washington offense into a three up and three down situation as well.
Scott Ardoin was the only Sea Gull to tally a multi-hit game finishing the afternoon 2-for-5 while Canavan finished the day 1-for-3 with an RBI and one run scored.
Salisbury will return to action on Saturday, April 1, when it travels to Frostburg State University in a rematch of last season's Capital Athletic Conference championship game. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 12 p.m.