WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - After four straight road games, the William and Mary baseball team returns home to Plumeri Park on Tuesday, Feb. 28, as it plays hosts to VMI in a mid-week tilt. The first pitch from Williamsburg is slated for 4 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats and live audio.
Tuesday Feb. 28 - 4 PM
W&M - RHP Matt Davenport (0-0)
VMI - RHP Travis Thomas (0-0)
Scouting the Tribe
The Tribe enters Tuesday's affair against VMI with an overall record of 2-5. Last week, the Green and Gold matched up with two of the best programs in the nation. A mid-week game at Virginia was followed with a three-game set at No. 1 Florida. A gritty W&M squad fell in all four contests, but held its own against two of the country's best.
At the plate, Sophomore Ryan Lindemuth leads the Tribe with a .333 (9-for-27) batting average. The Burke, Va., native has also notched a team-high three stolen bases through seven games. Freshman Michael Katz ranks second on the squad with a .308 (8-for-26) batting average. For the year, Katz has tallied four RBIs, two doubles and a team-high (.500) slugging percentage. In the series finale against Florida, the freshman hit his first collegiate home run. Through seven games, senior Tadd Bower leads W&M with four runs scored. The former Cosby H.S. standout notched his first home run of the season at Florida.
On the mound, senior Matt Davenport (0-0) and junior Brett Koehler (1-0) have shined. In three appearances this season, Davenport has pitched 9.2 innings and has yet to yield a single run and has allowed just two hits. In the 2012 season opener Koehler earned the victory over Rhode Island. Koehler allowed no runs and gave up only one hit in the triumph over the Rams. Combined, Davenport and Koehler have pitched 16.2 innings, allowing no runs and only three hits.
Scouting the Keydets
Led by ninth-year head coach Marlin Ikenberry, VMI enters Tuesday's contest with a 1-5 record. Similar to the College, VMI started the year off against top-notch competition. The Keydets opened the 2012 campaign at No. 2 South Carolina. The Gamecocks swept the Keydets, but game three of the series was close, as USC edged VMI 3-2. After Tuesday's contest, the Keydets will return home to Lexington, Va., for a seven-game home stand.
Sophomore Jordan Tarsovich leads VMI with a .304 batting average. For the year, Tarsovich has tallied four RBIs, two doubles and a triple. The Keydets post a team batting average of .198 through six contests. On the mound, junior Cody Cowgill (1-0) has been impressive. In two starts this season, Cowgill has pitched 14.0 innings and has allowed no earned runs, while tallying eight strikeouts. Against Laffayette, Cowgill tossed seven innings of shutout baseball and earned the victory.
The Series: W&M
All-time, the College holds a 28-14 series advantage over the Keydets. Last season, VMI swept both regular season meetings between the two schools. In Williamsburg, W&M owns a 20-6 record against VMI.
Koehler Named CAA-Co Pitcher of the Week
William and Mary junior hurler Brett Koehler was named CAA Co-Pitcher of the Week last 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.
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