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Shorebirds to Play Salisbury in Exhibition

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Salisbury, Md.  – The Delmarva Shorebirds, class "A" affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, are excited to announce that the annual exhibition game between the Shorebirds and the Salisbury University Sea Gulls will take place on Tuesday, April 3 at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.  First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.  The exhibition game is scheduled for seven innings. 

The inaugural exhibition between the two local teams took place in 2010 when the Shorebirds beat the Sea Gulls 9-6 in front of 3,573 fans.  Last season, the Shorebirds won the second meeting, 6-2. 

"The exhibition game is always fun for the community and it gives us a great opportunity to open our doors before the official season begins," said Shorebirds general manager Chris Bitters.  "We hope the game continues to grow into a marquee event in this area."

The Delmarva Shorebirds will open the curtain on their 17th season on the Eastern Shore and 16th as an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles on April 5.  The Shorebirds have won 1,108 games since 1996 and two South Atlantic League Championships in 1997 and 2000.  Over the years, 72 former Shorebirds have made the major leagues including: Nick Markakis, Brian Roberts, Javier Vasquez and Ryan Minor.  The Shorebirds will begin the 2011 season on the road in Asheville, N.C. on April 5 before returning to Arthur W. Perdue Stadium for the home opener on April 12 against the Greensboro Grasshoppers. 

Salisbury University baseball has distinguished itself as a perennial powerhouse at the Division III level.  The Sea Gulls have reached the NCAA Tournament 17 times in program history including 12 consecutive seasons (2000-present).  In addition, the program has totaled 9 CAC Championships and three trips to the DIII College World Series. 

"The exhibition has been a great experience for our student-athletes, the university and our students ," said Salisbury head coach Doug Fleetwood. "Every young baseball player looks forward to the opportunity to play in a professional environment and that's what we get at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium."

Individual tickets for the exhibition game will go on sale in conjunction with general Shorebirds' tickets going on sale.  They will be available for purchase at the Shorebirds Box Office and on campus at Salisbury University.  In addition, all Shorebirds plan holders (full season, half season, 22-game & 12-game) will get a ticket to the exhibition game included in their plan. 

The exhibition game will be broadcast on the Shorebirds Radio Network with play-by-play broadcaster Bret Lasky on the call.

For more information, contact the Shorebirds at 410-219-3112. 

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