WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Before opening Colonial Athletic Association play this weekend against Northeastern, the William and Mary baseball team will square off against two in-state foes. On Tuesday, W&M will travel to Lexington, Va., as it plays VMI for the second time this season. Game time in Lexington is scheduled for 4 p.m. Last Tuesday, the Green and Gold downed the Keydets 10-2 at Plumeri Park. On Wednesday, the College returns to Williamsburg as it plays host to the George Washington Colonials with the first pitch from Plumeri Park slated for 4 p.m.
Tuesday, March 6 - 4
W&M - TBD
VMI - TBD
Wednesday, March 7 - 4 PM
W&M - TBD
GW - TBD
Scouting the Tribe
The Tribe enters the fourth week of the season riding a five-game winning streak while carrying an overall record of 7-5. This past weekend, W&M was impressive in its four-game sweep over NYIT, as it outscored the Bears by a combined score of 45-3.
At the plate, sophomore Ryan Lindemuth leads the Tribe with a .400 batting average. In game four against NYIT, the Burke, Va., native tied a career high with four RBIs. His six stolen bases and on-base percentage of .481 also rank first on the team. Freshman Josh Smith ranks second on the squad with a batting average of .366 and has tallied four extra-base hits on the season. Fellow classmate Michael Katz has also shined in the early going with a .349 average. Katz leads the team with two home runs and a slugging percentage of .581.
On the mound, senior hurler Matt Davenport (2-0) has been outstanding and owns a season ERA of 1.05. In his 25.2 innings pitched, the Chesapeake, Va., native has only allowed three earned runs while striking out 19 batters. Junior southpaw Matt Wainman (2-1) has been solid thus far during the 2012 campaign. Wainman has worked 19.2 innings and has only allowed six earned runs, while recording 12 strikeouts.
VMI enters Tuesday's contest with an overall record of 4-6 under the direction of ninth-year head coach Marlin Ikenberry. All four of VMI's victories have come in Lexington so far this year. In its last outing, VMI defeated Hartford, 9-7, en route to its three-game series sweep over the Hawks.
Jacob Morley's .353 batting average leads VMI offensively. For the year, Morley has tallied three RBIs and three home runs, while Chase Worthington checks in with a .320 average to go along with his three doubles. Junior Coby Cowgill (2-0) has comprised an ERA of 1.71 in 21.0 innings of work, while totaling 17 strikeouts and just four earned runs.
The Series: W&M
All-time, the College holds a 29-14 series advantage over the Keydets. In Lexington, the series is knotted up in an 8-8 tie. The College's last victory at VMI came during the 2000 season in a 13-2 triumph. Last Tuesday, the College defeated VMI, 10-2. In that game, senior RHP Matt Davenport (2-0) worked 7.0 innings and earned the victory. At the plate, senior Tadd Bower went 2-for-4 with three RBIs to lead W&M offensively.
George Washington comes to Plumeri Park on Wednesday with an overall record of 2-7. In their last outing, the Colonials defeated Duke, 8-5, and avoided a three-game sweep from the Blue Devils. GW returns 25 letterwinners from a squad that went 19-36 a year ago.
Stephen Oswald leads the Colonials offensive attack with a .314 batting average. His six RBIs and three doubles rank first on the team. In only 19 plate appearances this season, senior Jimmy Best is batting .421 with six RBIs to go along with one home run. Tyler McCarthy (2-0) has been a solid option on the mound for GW. In his three appearances, the Jupiter, Fla., native has held the opposition to .147 batting average.
The Series: W&M
W&M owns an 11-9 series lead, over the Colonials. Last season, the College and GW split two games, as each team won on the others home diamond. On May 15, W&M will return the favor as it travels to GW for a mid-week affair slated to begin at 6 p.m.
Notes From the NYIT
- The four-game sweep of NYIT was the College's first four-game sweep since the 2008 campaign. In that season, W&M also swept NYIT in a four game set from Plumeri Park.
- The back-to-back shutouts of NYIT on Friday were the first since consecutive shutouts over Northeastern in 2010.
- In 34.0 innings against NYIT, the Tribe's pitching staff surrendered just two earned runs and only walked five batters.
Streaking at Five
When the Green and Gold take the field in Lexington on Tuesday afternoon it will be looking to capture its sixth consecutive victory. In 2008, W&M ripped off nine consecutive wins, defeating Delaware (2), Liberty (1), Georgia State (1), George Washington (1) and New York Tech (4).
Koehler Named CAA-Co Pitcher of the Week
William and Mary junior hurler Brett Koehler was named CAA Co-Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 21, 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.