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W&M Baseball Hosts Towson in CAA Tilt
Updated: Monday 03/29/2012 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary baseball team returns to Plumeri Park for the first time since March 15, as it plays host to CAA foe Towson in a three-game tilt.  After defeating Richmond, 9-5, on Tuesday, the Tribe enters its fourth CAA series with an overall record of 17-10 and a CAA ledger of 5-4, while Towson comes to Plumeri Park with a record of 12-12 and league mark of 6-3.

Projected Starters
Friday - March 30 - 7 PM

Towson - TBA

Saturday - March 31 - 4 PM
Towson - TBA

Sunday - April 1 - 1 PM
Towson - TBA

Scouting the Tribe
W&M returns to the friendly confines of Plumeri Park after an eight-game road stint, in which the College posted a mark of 5-3.  On Tuesday, freshman first baseman Michael Katz connected on a solo home run and later a grand slam as the College downed Richmond, 9-5, from Pitt Field.  The Green and Gold entertains the Tigers this weekend with an overall record of 17-10 and a CAA ledger of 5-4.

For the year, junior center fielder Ryan Brown owns a team-high .327 batting average.  His 30 runs scored not only lead W&M but also rank first in the CAA.  Sophomore Ryan Lindemuth is batting .320 with 21 RBIs, three home runs and a team-leading 12 stolen bases.  Senior Tadd Bower is batting .310 to go along with 14 RBIs and two home runs, while junior second baseman Kevin Nutter checks in with a .298 average.  Freshman first baseman Michael Katz is batting .290 for the year, and leads the Tribe with 24 RBIs and four home runs.

Senior RHP Matt Davenport (4-1) has been outstanding on the bump for the Tribe, as he owns an ERA of 1.24.  In his 50.2 innings of work, the Chesapeake, Va., native has surrendered just seven earned runs while tallying 37 strikeouts.  His four wins are tied for first in the CAA.  Junior RHP Brett Koehler (3-0) has compiled a 1.93 ERA and has allowed just 11 hits in his 18.2 innings of action.  Senior RHP Jay McCarthy (3-1) has been stout.  For the year, McCarthy has pitched 29.0 innings, compiling an ERA of 1.86 while holding the opposition to a .175 batting average.  As a unit, W&M ranks first in the CAA with an ERA of 2.47.  

Scouting the Tigers
In his 24th season as head coach, Mike Gottlieb brings a Towson squad to Williamsburg with an overall record of 12-12 and a CAA mark of 6-3.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, Towson fell at Virginia, 8-0 and 19-5.  As a team, Towson is batting .266, holds a 4.77 ERA and owns a .966 fielding percentage.

Sophomore Dominic Fratantuono paces the Towson offensive output with a .412 average.  For the year, his seven stolen bases and three home runs lead the Tigers.  Freshman Brendan Butler is batting .362 and leads the team with 18 RBIs.  Sophomore Kurt Wertz checks in with a .333 average and has tallied nine RBIs to go along with a home run. 

On the mound, junior RHP Micheal Trionfo is 4-1 with an ERA of 2.62.  In his 34.1 innings pitched, he has tallied 23 strikeouts while only surrendering eight walks.  His four wins land him in a four-way tie for first in the CAA.  Sophomore RHP Brandon Gonnella owns an ERA of 3.52 and has notched two victories in his three starts this season.  Freshman RHP Taylor Clarke (1-2) has pitched well in his 32.2 innings of work, allowing just 13 earned runs while posting 27 strikeouts.

The Towson Series
All-time, W&M owns a 19-11 series lead over Towson.  Last season, W&M took two out of three from the Tigers in Maryland.  The last time Towson came to Plumeri Park was during the 2009 campaign, and the College won two of three from its CAA counterpart. In Williamsburg, the Green and Gold has posted an 8-5 record against the Tigers.

Protecting Plumeri
Through 14 home games this season, the Tribe has been nothing short of dominant at Plumeri Park.  For the year, W&M owns an 11-3 record, and has outscored the opposition by a combined score of 102-37 at Plumeri.  The 2012 edition of Tribe baseball has been the ultimate closer at home, as the Green and Gold owns an 11-0 record after leading through six innings of play. The Tribe defeats opponents at Plumeri Park by an average score of 7.3 to 2.6, and the College has yet to drop back- to-back contest at home.

Tribe Baseball in the National Rankings
In the latest national rankings released by the NCAA on March 25, William and Mary and its players were well represented in various categories.  As a team, W&M ranks seventh nationally with a team ERA of 2.47.  The College ranks sixth in the country in walks allowed per nine innings (2.21) and third in sacrifice flies (19.0).  For the year, W&M has amassed 46 stolen bases, which stands at 17th best in the nation. 

Individually, senior RHP Matt Davenport is tied for first in the nation with three complete games, while his ERA of 1.24 ranks 24th in the country.  Junior center fielder Ryan Brown ranks 14th in the nation with 30 runs scored, while his eight sacrificed bunts sit at 18th best in the country. Sophomore Ryan Lindemuth's 11 stolen bases ranks 52nd in nation, while junior John Farrell's six saves rank 15th in the country.  Freshman Michael Katz's seven sacrificed flies rank first in the country while classmate Josh Smith checks in at 13th nationally with four.   

Towson Series Notes
Cumulative Score - W&M 270 - Towson 209
Average Score per Game - W&M 9.0 - Towson 7.0
Largest Margin of Victory - 16 (W, 20-4), (4/25/12) (A)
Largest Margin of Defeat - 11, (L, 18-7), (5/20/05) (H)
Longest Winning Streak - 4, (3/29/03 - 5/23/04)
Longest Losing Streak -  2, (3x, most recent 5/23/08 -  4/17/09)
Largest Home Attendance - 738, W, 14-3 (4/18/09)
Overall Record - (19-11)
Record at Home - (8-5)
Record at Plumeri Park - (8-5) 
Record on the Road - (11-5)
Neutral Site - (0-1)

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