SALISBURY, Md. - The Delmarva Shorebirds defeated the SalisburyUniversity Sea Gulls 8-4 on Tuesday night.
In the annual exhibition contest,the Shorebirds scored eight unanswered runs to coast to a victory. Delmarva haswon each of the last five years against Salisbury.
Austin Urban made the start for Delmarva,pacing the Shorebirds with four solid innings atop the hill. The right-handerallowed a run in the third inning on a looping double to right field and RBIsingle by Kyle Hayman. Beyond that, Urban allowed only one baserunner.
Salisbury briefly led after Hayman knockedhome Bill Root in the third. Delmarva immediately responded in the bottom ofthe frame. The Shorebirds scored three runs on RBIs by Gregory Lorenzo, MikeYastrzemski and Trey Mancini.
In the fourth, the Shorebirds broke open thegame with five more runs. Salisbury used four pitchers in the fourth inningwith three walks and a hit-by-pitch helping the Shorebirds' cause. AnthonyCaronia ripped a bases-loaded double to plate a pair of runs. Yastrzemski drovehome another run on a sacrifice fly later in the inning. Conor Bierfeldtbounced a two-run single up the middle to extend the Shorebirds' lead to 8-1.
The Sea Gulls scored three runs over the fifthand sixth innings to cut into the Shorebirds' lead. Dennis Torres and BennettParry each threw an inning in relief for Delmarva. David Richardson finishedoff the 8-4 victory with a clean seventh inning.
Delmarva opens the regular season atAsheville, North Carolina on Thursday, April 3rd and will open their homeschedule on Thursday, April 10th vs. the Greensboro Grasshoppers. For tickets,please visit www.theshorebirds.comor call the box office at 410-219-3112.