WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - After multiple suspensions of play due to weather, the William and Mary baseball team defeated Old Dominion Saturday afternoon, 3-2, at Plumeri Park. The Tribe scored two runs in the opening frame and added another in the bottom half of the fifth as it held off the visiting Monarchs. With the win, the College improves its record to 28-17 for the year and 11-11 in CAA action, while ODU falls to 16-28 on the season and 6-16 in league play.
Junior RHP Brett Koehler (6-1) pitched 6.2 innings, surrendering just one earned run and six hits, while striking out six. Junior reliever RHP John Farrell notched save number eight for the season, as the Andover, Mass., native saw 2.1 innings of work, limiting ODU to just one run on three hits. Old Dominion's Connor Overton (0-3) saw four innings of action in the loss.
At the plate, freshman first baseman Michael Katz went 2-for-2 with an RBI to lead W&M. Sophomore third baseman Ryan Lindemuth finished the affair going 1-for-3 with a run batted in, while junior second baseman Kevin Nutter tallied two runs scored and a hit. Rounding out the effort was senior left fielder Tadd Bower, who was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Old Dominion got on the scoreboard first with a run in the opening frame. Senior shortstop Josh Wright led off the frame with a double off the left field wall and later scored on a sacrifice fly from senior right fielder Chris Baker.
W&M responded in the bottom half as it plated a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead. Nutter got things going with a leadoff single to left field. After the Monarch's recorded the frame's first out, Bower reached base after being hit by a Tomchick pitch. With one out and runners on first and second, Lindemuth plated Nutter after he laced a single off of second base that ricocheted into center field. Katz then pushed across Bower with a single to center field for the Tribe's second run of the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, W&M extended its lead to 3-1 after scoring a run in the frame. With one out, Nutter drew a base-on-balls and later advanced to second after a balk was called on the ODU pitcher. After advancing to third on a Brown groundout to first base, Nutter put the College ahead, 3-1, after scoring on a Monarch's wild pitch.
When play resumed Saturday afternoon, ODU plated a run in the eighth as it trimmed the W&M lead down a run. Junior first baseman Austin McGowan drove in freshman left fielder Josh Eldridge with a single to right field, making the score 3-2, still in favor of W&M.
In the top of the ninth, Farrell retired the first Monarch with a strikeout. With one out, junior pinch hitter Shawn Sizemore reached base after a W&M fielding error. With the tying runner on first and the go ahead runner at the plate, Farrell induced the next ODU batter into a game-ending 6-3 double play, preserving W&M's 28th win of the season.
Tribe baseball returns to action later this afternoon as it continues its three-game set with Old Dominion. Game-two which was originally scheduled to get underway 30 minutes after the conclusion of game-one is currently in a rain-delay. When game-two gets underway fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats.