SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University baseball team returned to action on Saturday morning when it hosted the State University of New York at Alfred in a doubleheader. The Sea Gulls were victorious in each contest to earn the sweep on the day and push their record to 5-3.
Game 1: Salisbury 2, Alfred St. 0
Starting Pitcher Wes Whitlock had a season-best performance thus far in the early contest, pitching a complete game two-hit shutout. The Pioneers had no answer for Whitlock, who surrendered only two walks while striking out 12 batters. The visitors managed to advance a runner to third base on a walk, a throwing error, and a passed ball in what would become their only real chance to score a run in the game.
Despite collecting ten hits in the game, the Sea Gulls also struggled to lend some support offensively to their starting pitcher. It wouldn't be until the seventh inning that the maroon and gold would find a way to break the scoreless tie. A one-out double by catcher Matt Padeway was followed with an RBI triple by center fielder Justin Meekins. Meekins would then score in the following at-bat, when pinch hitter Jack Decker smacked an RBI single to center field.
Game 2: Salisbury 9, Alfred St. 1
The offense would finally get rolling in part two of the twin bill, scoring at least one run in each of the first five innings of the game.
A two-out, two-run home run by designated hitter Simon Palenchar got things rolling in the bottom of the first inning.
The biggest offensive inning came in the bottom of the second when Salisbury would push across four runs. With runners on first and second bases with only one out, Meekins drilled a pitch to right field that found enough grass to score Jimmy Adkins from second base. Both Meekins and Ron Villone would advance a base on a passed ball before Kyle Canavan smacked an RBI single to right field, scoring Villone. Meekins would score in the next at-bat when he was awarded home plate as the result of a balk called on starting pitcher Garrett Mack. Another passed ball would score Canavan from third for the final run of the inning.
Starting Pitcher Connor Reeves also had himself an impressive outing, going eight full innings. He struck out seven batters while only giving up two hits, an earned run, and no walks.
The team will return to the field on Sunday, March 11 when it hosts the Manhattanville College Valiants. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.