SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 17 Salisbury University baseball team fell to Virginia Wesleyan University in 11 innings on Tuesday afternoon, 4-2.
The Sea Gulls (5-3-1) broke into the run column first in the bottom of the third inning. Jack Barry and Jimmy Monaghan led off the frame with back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners. Jay Perry then brought Barry home with a grounder to the right side of the infield for the 1-0 lead.
Will Gutekunst doubled the Salisbury lead to start off the bottom of the fourth inning when he drove the first pitch he saw over the left field fence to put the maroon and gold up 2-0.
Virginia Wesleyan (4-4) answered in the top half of the fifth inning to cut the deficit back to one run. Leadoff hitter Nick Price doubled down the left field line before advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt. Dylan Gentry then sent a laser back through the middle of the infield to bring Price home and make it 2-1.
In the top of the ninth with their backs against the wall, the Marlins were able to come through in the clutch. With two outs and the bases empty, the visitors managed to fight off the final out and get two runners on base following a hit batter and a single to the left side of the infield. Pinch hitters Billy Welch and Miles Christian then drew back-to-back walks to force home the tying run, making it 2-2.
Virginia Wesleyan took its first lead of the game in the top of the 11th inning. Jordan McDonough led off the inning with a single up the middle before advancing to third base two at-bats later on teammate Tyriq Campbell's single to right field. Jordan Sprouse sent a single down the left field line in the next at-bat, scoring both baserunners to give the Marlins the late lead.
The Sea Gulls were unable to battle back in the bottom half of the inning as the Marlins set them down in order to close out the come-from-behind victory.
Starting pitcher Jimmy Adkins had a strong outing despite taking a no-decision, pitching 8 2/3 innings while striking out six batters and not allowing a walk.
The team will look to rebound when it hosts Neumann University on Thursday, March 7. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.