SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 22 Salisbury University baseball team began Capital Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader sweep over the University of Mary Washington, winning game one, 8-2, and game two, 18-3.
Game 1: Salisbury 8, Mary Washington 2
The Eagles struck first in game one when Tyler Ray led off the day with a solo shot that carried far enough down the right field line to clear the fence and give his team the early 1-0 lead.
The Sea Gulls evened the game in the bottom half of the first inning when Jack Barry put a ball in play that looked to be a routine fly into shallow right field, but the wind grabbed hold of the ball and dropped it into no-man's land. Jimmy Monaghan, who reached on a single an at-bat earlier, advanced all the way from first base to score on the play.
Clayton Dwyer (3-1) was once again masterful on the mound, earning the victory with his second complete game of the season. He settled in after the lead-off home run to Ray to allow only one other unearned run to score in the ninth inning. Dwyer struck out six batters while allowing only three hits and one walk.
Game 2: Salisbury 18, Mary Washington 3
Mary Washington (3-6, 0-2 CAC) struck first again in the back half of the doubleheader, scoring two runs in the top of the second inning on a two-RBI single down the right field line by Marcel Barrett.
Salisbury (10-4-1, 2-0 CAC) answered back in the bottom half of the inning. Hyder and Haas hit back-to-back RBI singles before a wild pitch allowed Tyler Mayo to score from third base to make it 3-2.
Mayo scored again in the fourth inning on a fielding error before Monaghan sent a two-RBI double into the right center field gap to make it 6-2.
Three more Sea Gull runs came across in the bottom of the fifth inning. A two-RBI single into center by Haas scored Mayo and Ron Villone. Haas then stole third base a couple of at-bats later, but an error by the Eagles' second baseman allowed Haas to finish his trip around the diamond.
Salisbury combined to score another nine runs in the final three innings, eight of which came in the bottom of the eighth inning, which included RBI singles by Villone and Stephen Rice, a fielding error, two wild pitches, and three passed balls.
Adkins (1-0) earned the victory, pitching eight full innings while striking out five batters and allowing only two earned runs.
The teams will close out their three-game series when they return to Sea Gull Baseball Stadium on Sunday, March 17. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.