SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 15 Salisbury University baseball team returned to Sea Gull Baseball Stadium on Saturday afternoon and completed a three-game weekend sweep over Capital Athletic Conference opponent York College of Pennsylvania with wins of 7-2 and 8-0.
Game 1: Salisbury 7, York 2
Salisbury kicked off the day with a run in the bottom of the first inning. With Cameron Hyder on third base, Brad Haas hit a ball to the left side of the infield and was able to beat the throw from the shortstop, scoring Hyder to take a 1-0 lead.
The Sea Gulls doubled its lead in the next inning with an RBI single into center field by Hyder to score Brandon Bonesteel from second base.
The maroon and gold pushed its lead to three in the fourth inning on an RBI double by Tyler Mayo, then tacked on two more runs in the fifth, including a solo home run by Justin Meekins, to make it 5-0.
Salisbury continued to increase its run total, adding two more in the seventh inning with a Jimmy Adkins sacrifice fly into center field, and a Will Gutekunst RBI single through the right side of the infield.
Adkins (4-0), who was also the starting pitcher for the Sea Gulls, followed up a complete-game shutout from a week ago with another stellar performance on the mound. Adkins was perfect through the first 7 1/3 innings before surrendering a no-doubt solo home run with one out in the eighth. He would still get the complete game victory, scattering four hits across all nine innings, allowing only one earned run, and striking out eight batters.
Game 2: Salisbury 8, York 0
Salisbury (24-6-1, 13-2 CAC) continued to showcase its dominance in the final game of the series. Just as it was in the first game, the Sea Gulls scored in the first inning on a Haas RBI single to left field, sending Hyder home from second base. Haas was able to score a few batters later on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.
Meekins made it three straight games with a home run, sending one over the right field fence in the sixth inning to make it 3-0.
The Sea Gulls scored two more runs a few at-bats later on an odd play. With Adkins on first base and Jack Barry on second, Gutekunst sent a ball deep down the right field line that was caught for the out yet deep enough for both runners to tag up. The York second baseman attempted to throw Adkins out on the relay, but the throw missed its target and sailed out of play. Having already reached second, Adkins was awarded two more bases on the error, scoring along with Barry to make it 5-0.
York (17-8, 9-5 CAC) surrendered another run in the seventh inning on a throwing error that allowed Hyder to score from second base, then gave up two more in the eighth on a Bonesteel sacrifice fly and a Meekins RBI single.
Xavier Marmol (6-1) picked up on the Mound where Adkins left off, earning himself a complete game shutout in only his second start at the college level. The freshman gave up only three hits and a walk while striking out three batters to finish off the three-game sweep.
The team returns to action on Tuesday, April 16 when it hosts Penn State University-Abington. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.