SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 9 Salisbury University baseball team welcomed No. 22 Johns Hopkins University to Sea Gull Baseball Stadium on Sunday afternoon, but fell to the Blue Jays, 10-4.
Final Score: Johns Hopkins 10, Salisbury 4
Records: Salisbury (6-3) | Johns Hopkins (7-3)
Location: Sea Gull Baseball Stadium – Salisbury, Md.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Blue Jays jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. Chris Festa connected to send a pitch over the center field fence for a two-run home run with one out in the inning. Teammate Mike Ainsworth added a run a few at-bats later with an RBI single into left field for the 3-0 lead.
- Salisbury took advantage on three Johns Hopkins fielding errors in the bottom half of the inning to score two runs. After Cameron Hyder led off the inning with a bunt single, Blue Jays starter Matthew Dillard attempted to pick Hyder off at first base, but the ball got away and allowed Hyder to advance all the way to third base. A muffed throw at first base on what should have been a groundout in the next at-bat allowed Hyder to finish his trip around the diamond. Two more Salisbury baserunners advanced to scoring position on another failed pickoff attempt later in the inning before Jimmy Monaghan's groundout to first base scored Justin Meekins from third to make it 3-2 in favor of Johns Hopkins.
- Salisbury starting pitcher Braden Stinar fell victim to his second surrendered longball in the second inning when Blue Jays hitter Matthew Ritchie connected to send a two-run shot over the right field fence. Austin Sacks also drilled an RBI double down the right field line to push the lead to 6-2 before the inning ended.
- Two more RBI singles in the third and sixth innings increased the Johns Hopkins lead to 8-2.
- The Sea Gulls got a run back in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI groundout by Trent Saunders that scored Brandon Bonesteel from third base.
- Ainsworth connected again in the seventh inning with a two-RBI double down the left field line to open the Johns Hopkins lead to 10-3.
- Salisbury started to rally in the bottom of the ninth, eventually scoring on a Brady O'Neil bases-loaded walk, but the deficit proved too much as the Blue Jays were able to pitch out of trouble and secure the 10-4 road victory.
- Despite being held to only four hits on the afternoon the Sea Gulls were able to draw six walks but could not string anything together, leaving 10 runners stranded.
- Braden Stinar (2-1) was charge with the loss as the Blue Jay bats chased the starter after 1 2/3 innings of work.
- Matthew Dillard (2-1) picked up the win, tossing five-plus innings while striking out four batters he faced and surrendering only one earned run.
- Brandon Bonesteel had the only extra-base hit for Salisbury, sending a ball into the right centerfield gap for a double to begin the sixth inning.
- Salisbury continues its four-game homestand when it hosts the Stevenson University Mustangs on Wednesday, March 11 beginning at 2:30 p.m.
- Live video and stats will be available during the contest.