AUBURN, N.Y. – The Salisbury University baseball team saw its 2018 season end when it fell to Baldwin Wallace University, 14-3, at Falcon Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the third round of the NCAA New York Regional.
The Sea Gulls (34-12) got off to a rocky start, as a pair of hit batters and a fielding error loaded the bases with no outs for the Yellow Jackets (33-13). They would bring home two runs on a single to left center field in the next at-bat, but a fielder's choice, fly out, and groundout limited the damage, leaving three runners stranded.
A single and another hit by pitch in the top of the third inning doubled the Yellow Jacket lead to 4-0 before Jack Cheney took the mound in relief of starting pitcher Wes Whitlock. Cheney got a strikeout swinging and an infield pop up to end the inning.
Salisbury had a chance in the bottom of the third to get itself back into the game when Will Gutekunst forced a one-out walk, then stole second base. Jake Terry drew a walk in the next at-bat, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch, but were left stranded when Jackets starting pitcher Brandon Wysong forced a fly out and a strikeout to end the threat.
The Baldwin Wallace bats continued to be relentless, pouring on another 10 runs over the final six innings of the game, including five in the sixth.
The Sea Gulls would break through, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Jack Barry one-out double to left center field that brought home both Ron Villone and Justin Meekins. They would score again in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI fielder's choice by Scott Ardoin.