SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University baseball team defeated Penn State University-Harrisburg on Friday afternoon at Sea Gull Baseball Stadium in game one of the Capital Athletic Conference championship series, 14-0.
The top-seeded Sea Gulls (32-10) did not waste any time putting runs on the board as they plated four in the first inning. Will Gutekunst drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home the first run before a fielding error allowed two more to come home in the following at-bat. A single by Jay Perry scored Gutekunst for the final run of the inning.
Salisbury would bring home three more runs over the next five innings to push its lead up to 7-0 before a big seventh inning put the game away. Matt Padeway and Colby Dean both singled to start the inning. A fielding error in the next at-bat allowed Padeway to score from second before a pinch hit double by Simon Palenchar drove Dean home. Justin Meekins drove a single through the left side of the infield in the next at-bat which led to runs scored by both Perry and pinch runner Jake Terry. The final run of the inning came when Meekins was able to score on another fielding error.
The maroon and gold would tack on two more runs in the eighth to top off the 14-0 victory.
The Lions (31-13), like many other teams this season, could not solve starting pitcher Connor Reeves, who went on to allow only four hits and strike out a season-high 13 batters in a complete game shutout to earn his record-setting 13th victory of the season. With the win, Reeves now holds sole possession of the record for most wins in a single season in both Salisbury University and CAC history. The win also helps him maintain the lead across all of Division III baseball in that category.
The team will return to action on Saturday, May 12 for game two of the championship series against Penn State-Harrisburg. A win would lock up the conference title for the second straight year, while a loss will force a winner-take-all game three to take place immediately following. Saturday's first game is set to begin at 11 a.m.