SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 18 Salisbury University baseball team dropped its second game of the weekend to No. 1 State University of New York at Cortland on Sunday afternoon, falling 9-6 in 14 innings in the second game of the season-opening series.
The first scoring chance for either team came in the top of the second inning when the Red Dragons put runners on first and second with one out thanks to a single and walk, but starting pitcher Wes Whitlock was able to get out of the jam getting a called strikeout for the second out before inducing a groundball to shortstop for the final out.
The Red Dragons broke through in the top of the third with an RBI single to center field by Matthew Personius for the 1-0 lead. Cortland added four runs in the top of the fifth, being patient at the plate, drawing four walks in the frame for a 5-0 lead.
The Sea Gulls were able to get on the board in the bottom of the fifth. After Matt Padeway singled up the middle, he advanced to second and scored on a double to left-center field. Justin Meekins was able to come around on Ron Villone's single to cut the lead to 5-2.
After the Red Dragons got another in the top of the sixth, the Sea Gulls answered with two in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
Meekins and Jay Perry each blasted solo home runs in the bottom of the seventh tying the game, 6-6. Perry's resulted in the sixth run for Salisbury on a line drive to left field.
The tie would hold for another six innings, going well into extra frames. Traditional third baseman Jack Barry made his collegiate pitching debut in the ninth inning, going 5 1/3 innings and striking out five batters, but would ultimately allow the winning run on a two-run triple with one out in the 14th inning. The Red Dragons would tack on another run in the inning before closing out the game on a 1-2-3 bottom half, earning the 9-6 victory over the Sea Gulls.
Meekins led the Sea Gulls offensively, going 3-for-7 with two RBI. Whitlock went 4 1/3 innings in his first start, earning a no-decision and striking out four batters.
The Sea Gulls will not be action again until Tuesday, February 27 when the team travels to Virginia Wesleyan University. That game is slated to begin at 2 p.m.