ARLINGTON Va. – The Salisbury University baseball team traveled to Marymount (Va.) University to take on the Saints in a pivotal Capital Athletic Conference matchup Wednesday afternoon. The Sea Gulls defeated the Saints 15-4 to sweep the season series.
Salisbury (21-7, 12-1 CAC) struck first in the top half of the first inning jumping out to an early 1-0 lead. Pete Grasso singled up the middle to give the Gulls' their first base runner of the afternoon. Grasso scored off the following at-bat from a Jack Barry single to center, who advanced to second off a Saints fielding error.
The Sea Gulls stretched their advantage to three just an inning later plating two runs. Back-to-back singles by Colby Dean and Brad Keith followed up by a Kyle Canavan walk loaded the bases for the maroon and gold. A Justin Meekins RBI walk and Scott Ardoin sacrifice fly drove in two runs to give Salisbury the 3-0 advantage.
Salisbury blew the game open in the top of the fifth inning plating five runs throughout to stretch its lead to 8-0. Barry notched his fifth home run of the season off a two run bomb to left center to open the scoring in the inning. Keith recorded his first RBI of the season later in the inning with a single down the left field line plating Jay Perry. Ardoin capped the scoring in the inning with a two-run RBI single bringing the lead to eight.
Perry found his way into the scoring column in the sixth inning belting his fourth home run of the season and first since his walk off against the State University of New York at Oswego back on February 25. His two-run shot pushed Salisbury's lead to double-digits, 10-0.
The Saints (10-14, 4-7 CAC) would tack on two runs in both the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings to pull within 10 at 14-4.
Connor Reeves picked up his fifth win of the season in just his second start. He went six innings pitched allowing just two hits and no runs while recording six strikeout. Andrew Kramer and Keith combined to finish the game combining to allow five hits and four runs and record six strikeouts.
Overall, Salisbury's offense cranked out 18 hits, its most in a game this season, surpassing the previous mark of 17 on opening day. 11 different player tallied hits while seven of them recorded a multi-hit game.
Ardoin finished the game with a team-high three RBI while going 2-for-4 from the plate with a run scored. Barry completed his afternoon going 2-for-5 with two RBI and one run scored while Perry went 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored.
The Sea Gulls currently sit one game back of first-place team Christopher Newport University in the CAC standings. Should both teams sweep their series this weekend both will head into next week's matchup on April 12 with the top seed in the CAC playoffs up for grabs.
Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, April 8 when it travels to Pennsylvania State University – Harrisburg for a doubleheader matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.