NORFOLK, Va. - The William and Mary baseball team dropped a 3-1 decision at Norfolk State Wednesday evening. W&M's ninth inning rally fell short as the Spartans held on for the victory. The loss dropped the College to 15-8 overall while NSU improved to 6-12 on the season.
Senior left fielder Stephen Arcure and junior center fielder Ryan Brown each went 2-for-4 to lead the Tribe's offensive attack. Freshman first baseman Michael Katz tallied W&M's lone RBI in his 1-for-4 performance. Rounding out the Tribe effort was sophomore Ryan Lindemuth, who finished the afternoon tilt 1-for-4 with a run scored.
A total of six Tribe pitchers saw action against Norfolk State. Sophomore RHP Matt Houston (1-1) took the loss after replacing starter junior RHP Brett Goodloe in the second. Junior RHP Brett Koehler worked 2.1 innings and was sharp, as he allowed no runs and no hits. Senior RHP Jay McCarthy pitched two scoreless innings of relief, while junior closer RHP John Farrell saw an inning of action.
The Spartans struck first with a run in the bottom half of the third. Freshman shortstop Justin Lee led the inning off with a single to right center field and scored when sophomore designated hitter Cameron Day grounded out to third, giving the Spartans an early 1-0 advantage. Moments after NSU plated the first run of the contest an afternoon thunderstorm halted play for the next two hours and 29 minutes.
Norfolk State extended its margin to 3-0 after scoring two runs in the eighth. Lee once again led the frame off with a single to center and scored the innings first run after Day's single to left field. The Spartans second run of the inning culminated when junior third baseman Ryan Montgomery singled through the left side, driving home junior center fielder James Taylor.
Down to its last three outs, W&M mounted a rally in the top of the ninth. Lindemuth led the top half off with a double to right center field and advanced to third on Bower's bunt single. With no outs and runners on the corners, Katz drove home Lindemuth on a fielder's choice. Arcure kept the momentum alive after lacing a single to right center field, which advanced Katz to third. With one out and runners on the corners, the College was unable to plate the next two runs needed to tie the contest.
Tribe baseball returns to action Friday, March 23, as it travels to Fairfax, Va., for a three-game Colonial Athletic Association clash against the Patriots of George Mason. Friday's game is set to get underway at 3 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthleitcs.com with live stats.