No. 6 Salisbury blows out Wesley
Sea Gulls’ Root goes 4-5 with four runs batted in
DOVER, Del. -- Bill Root went 4-5 with four runs driven in and one scored as No. 6 Salisbury pulled away from Wesley for a 9-4 series-clinching win on Monday.
SU (8-2, 2-1 CAC) tied a season-high with 13 hits as Joey Jones and Ken O'Neill chipped in with 3-5 and 2-5 games, respectively. O'Neill had a double, two RBIs and scored twice. The four hits tied a career high for Root.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 6 Salisbury 9, Wesley 4|
|No. 20 SUNY Cortland 14, Rochester Tech 5|
|Bridgewater (Va.) 8, No. 21 Thomas More 4|
Jeff Hoffman (3-0) picked up his team-leading third win in five innings. He allowed only two unearned runs, scattering three hits, two walks and two strikeouts.
Salisbury got on the scoreboard first, taking a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Eric Weiser and Hank Adams led off with walks and moved up on a sacrifice bunt from Quinn Griffith.
After Johnny Schiotis was hit by a pitch, O'Neill ripped a double down the left-field line, plating Weiser and Adams. A wild pitch from Wesley's Jeff Cochran (0-1) allowed Schiotis to come across to make it a 3-0 game. Then, Root lifted a fly ball to center, scoring O'Neill.
Up 4-1 in the fifth, SU added to the lead. Adams doubled to left to start the inning and Griffith drew a walk. Schiotis pushed the runners up with another sacrifice bunt and after a strikeout, Root came through with a two-run single up the middle for a 6-1 advantage.
The Sea Gulls added insurance runs in the seventh. With one out and runners on first and second, Root singled back through the box to extend the lead to 7-2. Chris Connor then reached on an error by Matt Robles at second base, chasing Root and O'Neill home to make it 9-2.
Jon Carlson pulled Wesley (6-3, 1-2) to within five with a two-run home run to left in the bottom of the inning but the Wolverines got no closer.
Cochran pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing five hits, four walks and four earned runs to take the loss. Carlson was 2-4 for Wesley at the plate.