WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary baseball team will travel to Gainesville, Fla., for a three-game weekend series with the No. 1-ranked Florida Gators this weekend. The series will get underway on Friday at 7 p.m. Fans can follow all of the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live video, audio and stats.
Scouting the Tribe
W&M enters the Florida series with an overall record of 2-2. On Wednesday, the College dropped an extra-inning affair at Virginia, 6-5. In the top of the 11th, W&M scored the go-ahead run but the Cavaliers answered with two runs in the bottom half of the frame to earn a 6-5 victory. Senior Matt Davenport shined in his first start of the season, as the Chesapeake, Va., native pitched 6.2 innings and allowed just two hits and no earned runs. At the plate, sophomore Ryan Lindemuth went 3-for-7 with an RBI and a stolen base against the Cavaliers.
Juniors Brett Koehler and Matt Wainman have been solid in their only starts in 2012. Koehler opened the season pitching 7.0 innings, allowing no earned runs on just one hit in a win over Rhode Island. For his performance, Koehler was named the CAA Co-Pitcher of the Week. Wainman found the win column in game two of the URI series. Wainman allowed just one earned run and struck out three in a triumph over the Rams. Senior Matt Davenport has been stellar in his three appearances thus far this season. Davenport appeared in relief twice against URI and earned the starting nod against Virginia. For the year, Davenport has only given up two hits in 9.2 innings of work, while positing an ERA of 0.00.
Sophomore third baseman Ryan Lindemuth leads the Tribe at the plate with a batting average of .353. The Burke, Va., native has recorded six hits, two runs and an RBI in 17 plate appearances. Freshman outfielder Josh Smith has started all four Tribe contests and currently hitting .313 (5-for-16). Junior utility player Kevin Nutter enters this weekend's series with a .300 (3-for-10) batting average, while senior catcher Chris Forsten, junior shortstop Ryan Williams and freshman first baseman Michael Katz have all tallied two RBIs on the year.
Kevin O'Sullivan enters his fifth season as the Gators head coach, compiling a record of 180-83 during his tenure in Gainesville. Florida enters the 2012 campaign ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation. Last season, the Gators earned a berth in the College World Series and finished as the national runner-ups after falling in the national championship series to South Carolina.
Florida enters this weekend's three-game set
with 4-1 record. On opening weekend, the Gators took two of three from Cal
State Fullerton. On Tuesday and
Wednesday, Florida defeated in-state foes Bethune-Cookman (8-6) and Central
On the mound, Gator Austin Maddox has impressed in his two appearances this season. Maddox has tallied a win and one save in 6.0 innings of work while not allowing an earned run and striking out five. Starter Karsten Whitson is 1-0 in one appearance this year. In game two of the Cal State Fullerton series Karsten went 5.0 innings and allowed just two earned runs in the victory over the Titans. At the plate, catcher Mike Zunio is batting .474 (9-for-19) with six runs, five RBIs and two home runs. Utility player Preston Tucker is also off to a good start at the plate and is 9-for-20 (.450) with six RBIs, five runs and three home runs. The Gators own a team batting average of .303 (33-for-165).
This weekend's matchup against Florida will not be the Colleges' first matchup against SEC competition. Since 1997, W&M has competed against the likes of Auburn, Georgia, LSU and South Carolina. In 2010, the Green and Gold traveled down to Baton Rouge for a weekend tilt against the Tigers. At the time, LSU was ranked No. 2 in nation, but the Tribe gave the Tigers fits in all three contests. All three games were decided by three runs or less, including a one-run LSU victory (10-9) in game one.
Tribe's Brett Koehler Named CAA-Co Pitcher of the Week
William and Mary junior hurler Brett Koehler was named CAA Co-Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday, the conference office announced. The honor is the first of the season and second career award for the Pre-Season All-CAA selection. Koehler earned the distinction after an outstanding performance against Rhode Island this past Friday, at Plumeri Park. The Glen Gardner, N.J., native went seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit. Koehler finished the contest striking out five Rams in route to his first victory of the 2012 season.
Koehler Named Preseason All-CAA
Prior to the 2012 season, junior Brett Koehler was tabbed to the Preseason All-CAA Team. Koehler was one of just three pitchers named to the team. In 2011, Koehler earned Second-Team All-CAA honors by posting an overall ERA of 2.73 and a CAA ERA of 1.25. Koehler moved to bullpen in the early part of 2011 and finished the season racking up eight saves, which was third most in the league. Koehler enters the 2012 campaign as the Tribe's Friday starter