BY KOBI AZOULAY
Saturday was a chilly 40 degrees with patches of snow still on the ground, but Salisbury’s pitching was even colder in their 15-6 loss to Oswego State.
The team’s offense came out swinging in an attempt to help the team catch fire. Right fielder Kyle Goodwin led off the bottom of the first with a triple following a sacrifice fly ball from senior Alex Lipman to bring Goodwin home for the score.
After jumping to a 3-0 lead after two innings, the Sea Gulls’ luck flew south. Junior pitcher Pete Grasso gave up five runs and six hits in the momentum-shifting third inning.
“They just put the ball in play and found holes,” Grasso said.
Grasso was not the only struggling pitcher for Salisbury (4-3). Sophomore Brad Keith gave up two runs without recording a single out.
Fellow sophomore Kyle Skilling replaced Keith, but gave up six runs, with four of them earned. The team’s pitchers combined for four wild pitches, a hit batter and a passed ball.
Those unearned runs reveal another issue that plagued the team: defense. Salisbury recorded three errors resulting in two Oswego runs.
“(We need to work on) defense,” Goodwin said. “I dropped a pop fly out there in right field, that’s unacceptable.”
Goodwin was one of the bright spots on the day going 4-5 with a homerun and two RBIs, falling just a double short of hitting for the cycle. Center fielder Tyler Hrycak was 2-4 with 2 RBIs as well.
“We had chances to score in the third,” Sea Gulls head coach Troy Brohawn said. “We didn’t have very good, timely hitting.”
The Sea Gulls had the bases loaded in the third inning with no outs only to pop out and then ground into a double play. Overall the team left eight men on base.
Oswego State (5-0) took advantage of Salisbury’s pitching struggles, batting .408 on the day. Oswego third basemen Eric Hamilton was 3-6 with two homeruns and six RBIs.
The Lakers’ pitching was also solid. After starting pitcher Tim Cronin allowed four runs in four innings, Brian Nolan replaced him at the mound, pitching the next four innings and giving up just one earned run with five strikeouts.
“We pride ourselves on pitching and defense, and we really didn’t do either of them today,” Goodwin said.
The No. 2 Sea Gulls now look ahead to Tuesday’s home game against Neumann College (3-6) before they head on a four-game road trip. The game is set to start at 3 p.m.