SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 14 Salisbury University baseball team defeated visiting Wesley College at Sea Gull Baseball Stadium Wednesday afternoon, 18-7.
Salisbury (19-4-1) jumped out to a quick lead in the bottom of the first inning, scoring four runs. With runners on the corners and no outs, Jimmy Monaghan hit into a fielder's choice, scoring Cameron Hyder from third base for the first run of the inning. A Brad Haas ground-rule double and a sacrifice fly by Will Gutekunst added two more before Jimmy Adkins capped of the scoring with an RBI single to left center field.
The Sea Gulls surrendered two runs to the Wolverines (2-17-1) in the fourth inning, but a solo blast by Matt Padeway in the bottom half of the frame pushed the Salisbury lead at 5-2.
Wesley kept fighting back, scoring three in the top of the fifth inning to temporarily tie the game at five runs apiece, but a bases-loaded walk by Justin Meekins in the bottom half of the frame pushed the maroon and gold back on top, 6-5.
The Wolverines kept attacking on offense, scoring two more runs to take their first lead of the day in the sixth inning.
Salisbury broke through to take the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh inning, sending 12 batters to the plate to score seven runs. The highlights of the inning were a bases-clearing double down the left field line by Monaghan, and a two-run single through the left side of the infield by Hyder.
The Sea Gulls eliminated any chance of a possible late comeback by the Wolverines by adding five more runs in the eighth inning, including an Adkins' RBI single and a Meekins' sacrifice fly.
Xavier Marmol (5-0) was the beneficiary of the big seven-run inning to earn the win in relief. He did his part, pitching 2 1/3 innings, while striking out a batter and scattering two hits and two walks.
The team will face its biggest test of the season when it travels to take on Capital Athletic Conference opponent and top-ranked Christopher Newport University in a three-game weekend series beginning Saturday, April 6 at 2 p.m.