Sea Gulls Use Big Eighth Inning to Get Past Shoremen, 11-7

Sea Gulls Use Big Eighth Inning to Get Past Shoremen, 11-7

Normoyle Homers, Has Three Hits in Loss as Shoremen End Season

CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Visiting Salisbury University scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning to break a 5-5 tie en route to an 11-7 non-conference baseball victory over host Washington College this afternoon at Athey Park. The Sea Gulls improved to 23-11 with the win, while the Shoremen finished their season at 17-18 with the loss.

Freshman Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) led off the bottom of the first inning and later scored on an error to give the Shoremen an early 1-0 lead. Sophomore Joe Willis (Mullica Hill, NJ/Kingsway Regional) led off the next inning with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Ryan Mulhearn (Nazareth, PA/Nazareth Area) to push the Washington lead to 2-0. 

The Sea Gulls got on the board when Tyler Bennett led off the top of the fifth inning with a home run, Salisbury's first hit of the game. Washington junior Kevin Lynch (Audubon, NJ/Audubon) had retired 12 straight Sea Gulls after walking the first batter of the game before Bennett's home run. 

Salisbury took the lead in the top of the sixth. Brian Green evened the score by driving in John Schiotis with a sacrifice fly.  Dustin Herbert then followed with a two-run home run to right field to give the Sea Gulls a 4-2 advantage. Salisbury added a fifth run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Schiotis. 

Sophomore Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) hit a pinch-hit, two-out, two-run triple in the bottom of the seventh to pull the Shoremen back to within one run at 5-4. Junior Ryan Normoyle (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) followed with a single up the middle to plate Connole and knot the score at 5-5. 

Salisbury regained the lead in the top of the eighth as Green hit an RBI single to put the Sea Gulls in front, 6-5. Chris Connor hit a three-run home run three batters later and Nick Walls immediately followed with a solo shot to make it 10-5.  Salisbury added another run in the ninth on an RBI ground-out by Connor. Normoyle hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the frame to provide the final margin.

Herbert, Bennett, and Root each had two hits in the win for the Sea Gulls, while Connor finished the game with four RBI and two runs scored. Nathan Young started the game for Salisbury on the mound, allowing five unearned runs on six hits and two walks in six and two-third innings. Devin Gardner got the win in relief, pitching the final third of the seventh inning. 

Normoyle, who went 3-for-5 in the game, was the only Shoreman with multiple hits in the contest. Lynch had a strong outing for Washington, allowing four runs on three hits and two walks in six innings of work for a no-decision.