SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 10 Salisbury University baseball program kept its season alive with a win over Penn State University-Abington in its first game on day two of the NCAA Regional, but saw the journey end later in the day as the Sea Gulls fell to top seed Rowan University.
Game 1: Salisbury 5, Penn St. - Abington 2
In game one of the day the Sea Gulls avoided elimination as they rallied back to knock out Penn State University–Abington, 5-2. The Lions (23-17), playing as the home team, jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when shortstop Ryan McCarty turned on a Clayton Dwyer offering, sending the ball over the left field wall for the first run of the game.
The Sea Gulls finally broke through in the third inning putting up a two spot to take the lead for good. Cameron Hyder, who finished his morning going a team-best 3-for-5, ripped a ball down the right field line to plate Stephen Rice and level the game at 1-1. Hyder scored one batter later when Jimmy Adkins lifted a ball out to right field to give the maroon and gold the lead.
An RBI double by Jay Perry in the fourth pushed the advantage to 3-1 but Penn St.–Abington cut the deficit to just one, 3-2, in the sixth inning. However, RBI singles in the seventh by Justin Meekins and Jimmy Monaghan plated both Hyder and Adkins to push the score line final, 5-2.
Dwyer picked up his eighth win of the season as he threw a complete game, allowing just two runs on nine hits while striking out four batters.
Game Two: Rowan 9, Salisbury 6
However, it was not meant to be as the maroon and gold (35-10-1) dropped the late afternoon contest to Rowan University 9-6.
The Profs (32-12) jumped on the scoreboard with three runs in the opening frame of the game. Mitch Walker drove home a run with a single to right field to make it 10. A few at-bat later Anthony Harrold blasted a ball over the left field wall to push the lead to 3-0.
The Profs added another run in the second inning to make it 4-0, but a Perry two-run blast to left in the bottom half of the inning cut the deficit to 4-2 before Hyder struck again with a double into right field to make it 4-3.
Rowan added another run in the fifth inning and four more in the seventh to take a healthy 9-3 lead. However, Salisbury fought back in the eighth inning to pull within striking distance. Monaghan led off the inning with a hit by pitch and advanced to third on a stolen base attempt and bad pickoff throw to give Salisbury a runner in scoring position. After Jack Decker drew a walk to put runners on the corners, Jack Barry stepped to the plate. In what proved to be his final collegiate at bat, Barry gave the fans one more thrill as he sent the Shane Kubrak offering over the left center field wall just in front of the scoreboard to pull within striking distance at 9-6.
However, Rowan closed out the home team in the bottom half of the ninth inning to hold on for the hard fought win and move on to face Washington & Jefferson University on Sunday, May 19.
Eighth different players tallied hits in the contest with Barry posting a team-best three RBI. Perry finished his day 1-for-4, plating two RBI and scoring a run.