April 13, 2013

UMW Baseball Splits at #3 Salisbury; Gains Second Seed in CAC Tournament

The University of Mary Washington baseball team defeated #3 Salisbury University, 12-2, in the opener, but fell, 2-0, in the nightcap of a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday in Salisbury. UMW surpasses the 20-win plateau at 20-15, and gains the second seed in next week's CAC Tournament.

In the opener, UMW jumped ahead at the start, scoring three in the first inning. Conner Lilley led off with a single, advanced to third on a bunt and a groundout, and scored on a Jono haught single. After Cam Kostyack singled and Brendan Jones walked to load the bases, James Sink provided a two-run single to put the Eagles up, 3-0.

After Salisbury cut the deficit to 3-2 in the second, UMW added more in the fourth, as Kevin Stein and T.J. Cretney singled and stole bases before Haught again came through, this time with a single to plate both runners.

The Eagles broke the game open with five in the fifth. Alex Bryant singled and Stein walked, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Lilley followed with a single to plate Bryant, and after a walk, Seth Jordan plated Stein with a single. Haught then walked with the bases loaded for another run, and Jones drove in two with a double.

After Jordan walked and Haught was hit by a pitch to open the seventh, Jones doubled home both runners to up the final margin to 12-2.

Haught had three hits and four RBI for the Eagles, while Lilley added three hits and two runs scored. Jones, Jordan, Sink, and Bryant each had two hits, with Jones adding four RBI.

Senior Torey Mancari went the distance in gaining the win, scattering two earned runs on eight hits in seven innings, with two walks and two strikeouts.

Game two was a pitcher's duel, with the only runs coming from Salisbury in the second inning on a two-run homer. Haught, Jones, and Sink had hits for the Eagles.

Freshman Bernard Mayflower took the tough-luck loss, allowing seven hits and two runs in six innings, with no walks and four strikeouts.

The Eagles will visit Shenandoah university on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.