Shoremen Rally But Come Up Short Against Salisbury, 7-6

Shoremen Rally But Come Up Short Against Salisbury, 7-6

Hirschbaum smacks three run home run in the loss

SALISBURY, Md. — Host Salisbury scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and held off a rally from visiting Washington College to post a 7-6 win in a non-conference baseball game played this afternoon on SU Baseball Field in Salisbury, Maryland.

Salisbury 7, Washington College 6

How It Happened
- Justin Meekins led off the bottom of the first inning for Salisbury for a walk and would eventually steal home for the opening run of the game. Salisbury doubled the lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the second when Robbie Jones scored from third base on a failed pickoff attempt.
- Washington cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the third inning courtesy of a Ryan Zwier home run to center field, the first home run of his career.
- The Seagulls then broke the game open with five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. After loading the bases with nobody out courtesy of three infield singles, Scott Ardoin scored on a fielding error to give Salisbury a 3-1 lead. That was followed by a bases loaded walk by Tom LaBriola, which scored Ron Villone, to make it a 4-1 game. Later in the inning, Simon Palenchar drew a bases loaded walk, which scored Pete Grasso, to extend the lead to 5-1. An RBI single to right field by Kevin Dean scored LaBriola to make it 6-1, and a sacrifice fly to center field from Jones scored Jack Barry to give Salisbury a 7-1 lead.
- The Shoremen got a run back in the top of the sixth inning thanks to an RBI single down the right field line from Charlie Meder, which scored Aaron Barclay, to cut the Salisbury lead to 7-2.
- Washington got back in the game with four runs in the top of the seventh inning. Evan Hirschbaum smacked a three run home run to left field on an 0-2 pitch, his second home run of the season, which also scored Wes Robertson and Luke D'Ostilio, to cut the Salisbury lead to 7-5. Matt Tancredi followed with an RBI single to second base which scored Barclay to cut the Salisbury lead to 7-6.
- The Shoremen also had the potential tying and go ahead runs on base in the inning with one out, but Grasso came on in relief and recorded back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.
- Washington got the potential tying run to second base in the top of the ninth inning, but Grasso recorded a strikeout to end the game.

For the Shoremen (0-3)
- Hitting: Hirschbaum (three run home run, 3 RBI's, run), Zwier (solo home run, RBI, run), D'Ostilio (3-for-5, run), Meder (2-for-5, RBI), Tancredi (2-for-4, RBI, walk), Robertson (2-for-5, run), Barclay (walk, 2 runs).
- Pitching: Nick Popolizio (loss, 0-1, three innings, six hits, four runs, three earned, two walks, one strikeout), Nick Roberti (2 2/3 innings, two hits, zero runs, one walk, one strikeout), Matt Furlong (two innings, one hit, zero runs).
- The Shoremen had 12 hits in the loss and drew three walks, but left 11 runners on base.
- Washington committed two errors, leading to a pair of unearned Salisbury runs.

For Salisbury (4-4)
- Hitting: Grasso (2-for-5, RBI, run, stolen base), Meekins (2-for-3, walk, run, stolen base), Palenchar (two walks, RBI), LaBriola (walk, RBI, run)
- Pitching: Brad Keith (win, 2-1, 6 1/3 innings, eight hits, six runs, five earned, three walks, three strikeouts, two home runs allowed), Grasso (save, 1, 2 2/3 innings, four hits, zero runs, four strikeouts)
- The Seagulls had nine hits in the win, drew six walks, and left nine runners on base.
- Salisbury committed three errors, leading to one unearned run for Washington.

Notes
- Hirschbaum has hit three career home runs against the Seagulls, all of them coming on the road at the SU Baseball Field.

Up Next for the Shoremen
3/3 v. Catholic - 2:30 p.m.
- Game rescheduled from Wednesday afternoon due to rain and thunderstorms.