SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 24 Salisbury University baseball team pushed its win streak to 11 games with a 17-7 win over Capital Athletic Conference rival No. 5 Christopher Newport University at Sea Gull Baseball Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
The first 3 and 1/2 innings flew by quickly in what looked destined to be a pitchers' duel, but it all changed in a hurry when the Sea Gull (21-7, 9-2 CAC) bats came alive in the bottom of the fourth inning.
With two men on base and only one out, Matt Padeway smashed his second home run of the season to help his team to a 3-1 lead. Following a walk by Justin Meekins, Brad Keith decided to mimic Padeway, launching his own two-run shot over the fence, his first of the season, to make it 5-1. Jack Barry then hit the second of back-to-back long balls in the following at-bat to push Salisbury's lead to 6-1.
Keith started another big run inning for the Sea Gulls in the eighth with a double to right field before being pinch ran for by Jake Terry. Barry launched his second home run of the game in the next at-bat to push the lead to 9-3. Colby Dean drove in two more runs a few at-bats later with a double down the right field line.
Padeway stepped to the plate in the next at-bat and quickly extended his team's lead to 14-3 with a three-run blast, his second of the game. Having already batted around following a Terry RBI single, Barry stepped to the plate once more hitting his third home run of the afternoon while also recording the 20th and final hit of the game for Salisbury.
The Captains (26-5, 10-1) would produce a small rally in the top of the ninth, but their four runs would fall well short of the comeback.
Starting pitcher Connor Reeves received more offensive help from his teammates than he needed, tossing eight impressive innings to earn his eighth win of the season. The victory now has him tied for first place in wins in all of Division III. Reeves allowed only two earned runs while striking out six batters.
The team will return to action on Saturday, April 14 when it hosts CAC rival the University of Mary Washington in a doubleheader. Game one is set to begin at 12 p.m.