Lynchburg Falls to Salisbury in NCAA Baseball Play

Lynchburg Falls to Salisbury in NCAA Baseball Play

HIGH POINT, N.C. --- University of Lynchburg's baseball team fell 6-1 to Salisbury University Saturday evening at Truist Point in the third round of the NCAA Division III High Point Regional in a game that was delayed and later pushed back due to inclement weather.  

Lynchburg fell behind 2-0 in the first inning, the third straight game it faced a first inning deficit, but this time the Hornets were unable to come from behind as Salisbury led for the entire contest.

In the third, the Sea Gulls scored twice more to take a 4-0 lead and Salisbury's starter, Jackson Balzan, continued to stymie the Lynchburg lineup as he did not allow a hit until a Carrson Atkins double in the bottom half of the fifth. 

In the sixth, Garrett Jackson led off with a single to right, then after a double from Avery Neaves, Jackson scored on a sacrifice fly from PJ Alvanos to cut the deficit to 4-1. 

In the seventh, Salisbury put up its third two-run inning of the contest and took a 6-1 lead as Lynchburg did not record a hit over the the final three frames and fell by that same score.

The Lynchburg bullpen was a bright spot for the Hornets on the evening as three Lynchburg pitchers combined for two runs on four hits over the final 6 2⁄3 innings. Adam Dofflemyer went 4 1⁄3 and allowed two runs on two hits and punched out three. Brendan Houghtaling went one inning, allowed one hit and struck out one. Senior Michael Reiskind threw the final 1 1⁄3 and allowed a lone hit and punched out a lone Sea Gull. 

Lynchburg will be back on the diamond on Sunday, May 30 as the Hornets take on the Birmingham-Southern Panthers in an elimination game and look to keep their 2021 season alive. First pitch is set for 11:30 a.m.