WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary baseball team will travel to Atlanta Ga., this weekend for a three-game Colonial Athletic Association clash with the Georgia State Panthers. After roaring past Richmond, 17-4, on Tuesday night, the Tribe will take its 23-13 overall record into the Peach State for its sixth CAA series of the season. Friday's first pitch from Atlanta is scheduled for 6 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats.
Friday, April 13 - 6 PM
W&M - RHP Matt Davenport (5-2)
GSU - RHP Justin Malone (0-1)
Saturday, April 14 - 1 PM
W&M - RHP Brett Koehler (4-0)
GSU - RHP Ben Marshall (3-3)
Sunday, April 15 - 1 PM
W&M - LHP Cole Shain (4-2)
GSU - RHP Max Schmitz (2-3)
Scouting the Tribe
After defeating Richmond, 17-4, on Tuesday night, the College carries an overall record of 23-13 and a CAA ledger of 8-7 into its conference tilt at Georgia State. In the 13-run triumph over the Spiders, freshman first baseman Michael Katz went 3-for-4 with a pair of three-run homers to power W&M past Richmond.
On the mound, senior RHP Matt Davenport (5-2) headlines a deep W&M rotation. In his 68.0 innings pitched, the Chesapeake Va., native has allowed just 11 earned runs, while tallying 52 strikeouts. Junior LHP Matt Wainman (3-3) has compiled an ERA of 3.89 in his eight starts this season. Through 44.0 innings of work, Wainman has recorded 32 strikeouts to go along with a complete game shutout over NYIT on March 2. Junior closer RHP John Farrell has amassed seven saves on the year. Over his last eight innings of work, Farrell has surrendered just one run while recording seven strikeouts. As it has done all season, W&M leads the CAA with a team ERA of 2.78
Sophomore third baseman Ryan Lindemuth is batting .373 with 33 RBIs and four home runs to lead the Tribe. Senior left fielder Tadd Bower owns a .333 average to go along with 25 runs batted in and a team high 13 extra base hits. Junior second baseman Kevin Nutter continues his strong play as he maintains a .328 average. In CAA play, that average jumps to .387. For the year, Nutter has tallied 10 stolen bases, eight RBIs and five doubles. Junior center fielder Ryan Brown has scored a team-high 41 runs while hitting for a .313 average, to go along with 12 RBIs and six doubles. Freshmen Michael Katz and Josh Smith have been impressive in their first campaigns. Katz is batting .308 with a team best 39 RBIs and eight home runs while Smith is hitting .299 with 30 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.
Scouting the Panthers
Under the direction of sixth-year head coach Greg Frady, Georgia State entertains the Tribe with an overall record of 14-20 and a CAA mark of 5-7. On Wednesday, Mercer defeated the Panthers, 12-5, at the GSU Baseball Complex. In that game, senior Brandon Williams belted two doubles, while juniors Scott Sarratt and Greg Bowder tallied two hits apiece.
At the plate, Williams is batting .286 with 26 RBIs and six home runs to lead GSU. His six home runs are tied for fourth most in the CAA. Junior Drew Shields owns a team-best .326 average to go along with 13 RBIs and a team-high 26 runs scored. For the year, freshman Caden Bailey owns a .319 average, while junior Greg Bowder hits at a .381 clip in conference play. As a team, the Panthers rank seventh in the league with a batting average of .276.
Senior RHP Ben Marshall (3-3) has compiled a 3.33 ERA in 51.1 innings pitched this season. For the year, the Loganville Ga., native has tossed two complete games, including a complete game shutout over Western Illinois on Feb. 17. In 10 appearances and seven starts, freshman RHP Max Schmitz (2-3) owns an ERA of 4.26. Through 38.0 innings of work, Schmitz has tallied 27 strikeouts. Freshman reliever RHP Connor Stanley (2-1) has recorded two wins in seven relief appearances this year. For the season, Stanley has seen 13.1 innings or work, amassing an ERA of 2.70.
The Series: Tribe vs.
In a series that dates back to 2006, Georgia State owns a 12-5 series lead over the College. Last season, the Panthers took two of three from the College at Plumeri Park. W&M's last victory in Atlanta came during the 2008 campaign in the way of a 3-2 triumph.
Georgia State Series
Cumulative Score - W&M 109 - Georgia State 139
Average Score per Game - W&M 6.4 - Georgia State 8.2
Largest Margin of Victory - 4 (W, 8-4), (5/21/06) (A)
Largest Margin of Defeat - 6, (L, 17-11), (4/6/07) (H)
Longest Winning Streak - 2, (5/20/06 - 5/21/06)
Longest Losing Streak - 5, (3/22/09 - 5/12/09)
Largest Home Attendance - 432, L, 11-6 (5/14/12)
Overall Record - (5-12)
Record at Home - (2-7)
Record at Plumeri Park - (2-7)
Record on the Road - (3-5)
Neutral Site - (0-0)
Tommy Smith Dedication
The William and Mary Athletics program will hold a special dedication ceremony in the Memory of Tommy Smith prior to the baseball program's April 28th doubleheader against Norfolk State at Plumeri Park. On that Saturday, the Tribe will honor the life and contributions of the late Tommy Smith. Smith was a life-long supporter of the baseball program, who passed away in late 2011.
The William and Mary Athletics Department will honor Smith
by re-naming the suite at Plumeri Park after the late Mr. Smith.
Additionally, Mr. Smith's grandson will throw out the first pitch against the
Tribe Baseball in the National Rankings
In the latest national rankings released by the NCAA on April 9, William and Mary and its players were well represented in various categories. As a team, W&M ranks first nationally with 27 sacrifice flies. The College ranks eighth in the country in fewest walks allowed per nine innings (2.27) and seventh in walks drawn (163). For the year, W&M has compiled a team ERA of 2.78 which stands at 15th- best in the nation.
Individually, senior RHP Matt Davenport is tied for fourth in the nation with four complete games, while his ERA of 1.46 ranks 27th in the country. Junior center fielder Ryan Brown ranks ninth in the nation with 41 runs scored, while his nine sacrificed bunts stand at 25th in the country. Junior John Farrell's seven saves rank 19th nationally.
Leaving His Mark
When glancing at the W&M career hitting records, one name commonly appears. That name is senior left fielder Tadd Bower. For his career, the Chesterfield, Va., native has cemented himself as one of the best batters to ever don the Green and Gold. Bower ranks first in both career walks and intentional walks with 111 and 12, respectively. His 202 career hits rank sixth in the College's history, while his 147 RBIs stand at fourth most all-time.
On April 1, junior RHP John Farrell notched his seventh save of the season and the 13th for his career. The 13 career saves puts the Andover Mass., native in first place all-time on the College's career save's list, breaking Pat Kantakevich's ('08) previous standard of 12.