SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University baseball team earned two important Capital Athletic Conference victories over No. 11 Frostburg State University at Sea Gull Baseball Stadium on Saturday afternoon, 14-4 and 12-5.
Game 1: Salisbury 14, Frostburg State 4
The Sea Gulls and Bobcats looked to be in the midst of a pitchers' duel to start the day, with neither team crossing home plate through the first four innings. That all changed in a hurry in the bottom of the fifth when a combination of timely at-bats by the Sea Gulls and untimely errors by the Bobcats led to three runs for the home team.
With two runners in scoring position and only one out, right fielder Brad Keith hit into an RBI groundout to second base, allowing left fielder Colby Dean to score from third base. A passed ball during the next at-bat allowed catcher Matt Padeway to score. Following a single and stolen base, third basemen Jack Barry moved up to third on a fielding error by the catcher, which left home plate unoccupied and Barry scampered home for the final score of the frame.
Once it had begun, the scoring wouldn't stop for the Sea Gulls, who tallied another 11 runs across the following three innings, including six in the seventh inning off three hits while taking advantage of four walks and two batters hit by pitches.
Dean hit a rare inside-the-park home run in the eighth inning when Frostburg State center fielder Evan Colon lost the ball off the bat in the sun and ended up running 40 feet away from where the batted ball would eventually land. The misplayed ball allowed Dean to make it around the bases safely and collect another three RBI in the process to push his total to four for the afternoon.
Starting Pitcher Austin Heenan was no match for his opponents, tallying 10 strikeouts over seven innings to pick up his fourth win of the season.
Game 2: Salisbury 12, Frostburg State 5
Unlike game one, Salisbury (14-7, 4-2 CAC) jumped out to an early lead, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning off of Frostburg State (13-6, 1-3 CAC) starting pitcher Brady Adam. Adam entered the contest with a dominating 1.24 ERA, but was unable to carry his early-season magic into Saturday's start.
The Sea Gulls would score all four runs of their runs with two outs in the inning. A bases-loaded walk by first baseman Jay Perry brought the first run home, before a fielding error by the right fielder on a Will Gutekunst fly ball allowed three more unearned runs to score.
Barry, who led the Sea Gulls with 12 home runs in 2017, smashed his first long ball of the season in the third inning. Perry followed a few at-bats later with a single up the middle to score Jack Decker from second base.
Salisbury would score six more runs in the fourth and fifth innings, all of which came on singles past the infield.
Starting pitcher Connor Reeves also had an impressive day on the mound for the Sea Gulls, tossing 5 2/3 innings while striking out 11 Bobcats for his sixth win of the season. Reeves' six wins currently leads the CAC.
The team returns to action on Tuesday, April 3 when it hosts Stevenson University. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.