Salisbury, Md. – The Salisbury University baseball team returned to the field on Tuesday afternoon to take on Virginia Wesleyan University. A big third inning by the Marlins put the Sea Gulls in a hole they were never able to overcome in the 10-5 loss.
The Marlins came to town looking for revenge for a 3-0 loss to the Sea Gulls in Norfolk back on February 27. They were able to put themselves in the driver's seat early in the game when right fielder Randy Neisz took a pitch from Salisbury starter Colby Dean in the third inning and sent it out of the park for a grand slam.
Down five in the fourth inning, the maroon and gold looked to shrink its deficit. First baseman Jay Perry led off the inning with a triple to straightaway center field, and eventually scored on a wild pitch in the following at-bat, but it would wind up being the only run the team could muster in the frame.
Salisbury found itself down six runs in the bottom of the seventh and once again looked to have something going. Pinch hitter Brad Haas started the inning with a walk before a Scott Ardoin double put both players in scoring position. A fielding error in the next at-bat allowed for Jimmy Adkins to reach base safely, as well as allow Haas to advance home. Ardoin would then score on a pinch hit single through the right side by Simon Palenchar.
With every run the Sea Gulls scored, the Marlins seemed to answer with two of their own, resulting in a loss for the home team.
Ardoin led the team offensively, going 2-for-4, including a triple and a double.
The team returns to action on Wednesday, March 14 when it hosts No. 19 The Catholic University of America. The game is set to begin at 3:30 p.m.