SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University baseball team returned to action on Friday afternoon when it hosted Neumann University. After being held scoreless in the final eight innings of a 2-1 loss to Keystone College on Wednesday, the Gulls' bats warmed up, as they went on to win the contest, 12-5.
After plating a run in the first, the Sea Gulls picked things up and scored another three in the bottom of the second inning. A walk by catcher Matt Padeway led to a bases-loaded situation for third baseman Ron Villone, who used his opportunity to manufacture a run by grounding out to the first baseman. The play allowed shortstop Scott Ardoin to score from third.
Center fielder Justin Meekins followed suit in the next at-bat, laying down a grounder to the shortstop to score Jimmy Adkins from third. An RBI single to left field by Brad Haas would score Padeway for the final run of the inning.
The team would score another seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Most notable were a ground-rule double by starting pitcher Jack Barry to score Villone from third in the fourth inning, and a two-run triple by right fielder Colby Dean in the fifth inning to score both Barry and first basemen Jay Perry. Dean would wind up going 4-for-4 on the afternoon and now leads the team with a .692 average through 13 at-bats this season.
The Knights struggled to make contact with the ball at the plate, striking out a combined 14 times. Barry, who started the game before shifting to third base after five innings, was credited with nine of those strikeouts in his first ever start at the collegiate level. Along with picking up the win, he also managed to record two hits, two runs, two RBI and a walk in four plate appearances.
The team returns to action on Saturday, March 10 when it hosts the State University of New York at Alfred in a doubleheader. Game one is set to begin at 11 a.m.