SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University baseball team made quick work of York College of Pennsylvania on Saturday in the final game of the opening weekend of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament, 11-3, advancing to the CAC championship series next weekend.
The top-seeded Sea Gulls (31-10) wasted no time getting on the board, scoring three times in the bottom of the first inning off York starter Bobby Keuhn. Following a leadoff walk by Justin Meekins, run-scoring hits from Scott Ardoin, Jack Decker, and Matt Padeway brought home the three runs. Ardoin and Padeway each had doubles.
While the Salisbury offense was putting together another strong performance, the Salisbury pitching staff continued rolling, as starter Wes Whitlock held the Spartans off the scoreboard until the seventh inning improving to 5-0 with the win. Whitlock came up with the third complete game of the weekend for the Salisbury pitching staff, giving up 10 hits in his nine innings, striking out a pair.
The Spartans' three runs in the seventh inning snapped a 24-inning scoreless streak for the Salisbury pitching staff which recorded a pair of shutouts on Friday.
Ardoin put another run up for the Sea Gulls in the fifth inning, with a solo home run with one out in the inning, his third of the season.
The Sea Gulls added to their advantage in the closing innings, scoring three in the sixth including a two-run home run by Meekins – the team's fifth home run of the weekend – and adding two runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth. Salisbury brought home runs in six of its eight offensive innings in the game.
Ardoin led the way for the Sea Gulls with a 3-for-4 effort, scoring three times and driving in a pair. Ron Villone, who came in midway through the game, Padeway, and Colby Dean each had a pair of hits.
By virtue of the top seed in the field, the Sea Gulls will host the CAC championship series next weekend against third-seeded Penn State University-Harrisburg, which defeated Christopher Newport University on Saturday to advance. The first game of the championship series will be played on Friday, May 11 beginning at 3:30 p.m., while the second and potentially third games will be played on Saturday, May 12.