Salisbury pitching leads to sweep of Seahawks, snaps losing skid

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 19 Salisbury University baseball team had three pitchers combine to throw 14 shutout innings as the Sea Gulls swept St. Mary’s (Md.) College 3-0 and 4-0 in a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Sea Gull Field. Junior Chad Wolfe blanked the Seahawks with a complete game shutout in the opener while junior Kyle Starr and freshman Bill Morton followed suit with a shutout of their own in the second game.

Salisbury, who is also ranked No. 2 in the D3baseball.com/NCBWA media poll, avenges a 2-1 loss it suffered last Wednesday (March 25) against the Seahawks on the road. The victories today snap SU’s two-game losing streak.

Wolfe (3-1) dropped his ERA to 1.14 as he scattered four hits and struck out four in the first game. In the second game, Starr (2-0) proved to be equally masterful as he held a no-hitter through the first six and one-third innings before SMC’s Brad Shepherd singled. Morton would come in and retire the next two Seahawks hitters to preserve the shutout and collect his first save of the year.

Salisbury (19-4, 7-3 CAC) jumped out to a quick lead in the first game never looked back. Sophomore outfielder Andrew Miller (one run, two RBIs) brought in the first two runs of the contest as he connected on his second home run of the year with a shot over the left field fence. The offense in the first game was led by Miller and sophomore designated hitter Brad Baylis (2-for-2) who and collected the other Sea Gull RBI in the third inning.

In the second game, SU mirrored its first game with a two-run first inning to start the game. Miller walked with one out and scored when junior first baseman Mike Celenza ripped his fifth home run of the season as he cleared the right field fence.

The game was scoreless for the next two innings before senior outfielder Jordan Crystal (one run, one hit) reached on a two-base throwing error by Seahawk shortstop Matt Baden in the fourth inning. Crystal would score on the next play when Baylis singled down the left field line to collect his second RBI of the afternoon.

St. Mary’s (11-12, 5-8 CAC) was baffled offensively again in the second game. Starr did not disappoint in his home debut as he faced 24 batters, walked four and struck out five. His effort propels his scoreless streak to 11 innings as he has not given up a single-run this season.

Salisbury returns to action tomorrow (Sunday, March 29) at 1 p.m. as the Sea Gulls host No. 12 York (Pa.) College at Sea Gull Field. The two teams met back on March 11 as the Spartans won 7-4 in York, Pa.