WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary baseball team defeated Towson, 8-2, Sunday afternoon from Plumeri Park. Up 3-2 in the eighth, W&M plated five runs in the frame as it pulled away from the visiting Tigers. The win gives the Tribe the series victory, and improves its record to 19-11 overall and 7-5 in CAA action, while Towson drops to 13-14 overall and 7-5 in league play.
Junior RHP Brett Koehler (4-0) notched his fourth win of the season and second this week. In his 6.1 innings of work he allowed just one earned run on four hits, while posting five strikeouts. Senior RHP Jay McCarthy worked 1.1 innings of relief and allowed no runs, while surrendering just one hit. Junior closer RHP John Farrell tallied his seventh save of the season as saw 1.1 innings of action.
At the plate, freshman designated hitter Josh Smith went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the Green and Gold attack. Senior left fielder Tadd Bower was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, while sophomore third baseman Ryan Lindemuth posted a 1-for-4 effort, which included an RBI. Junior's Ryan Brown and Kevin Nutter recorded three and two hits respectively, while senior catcher Chris Forsten tallied two RBIs.
Towson got on the scoreboard first with a run in the top half of the second. Sophomore left fielder Kurt Wertz gave the Tigers an early, 1-0, lead after he connected on a solo home run to right field.
The College countered with a run of its own in the bottom half of the frame. Forsten pushed across Lindemuth on a sacrifice fly to right field, which tied the affair up at 1-1.
W&M captured a 2-1 lead after scoring a run in the bottom of the third. With two outs and Arcure on second, Smith drove in the Clark Summit, Pa., native with a single to center field.
In the bottom half of the fifth, the Green and Gold pushed its margin to 3-1. Freshman first baseman Michael Katz led off the frame with a double down the left field line and later scored when Bower doubled to right field.
The Tigers pushed a run across in the seventh, cutting the Tribe lead to 3-2. Junior catcher Andrew Parker's sacrifice fly to right field was deep enough to plate Wertz from thrid for Towson's second run of the afternoon.
W&M's five run bottom of the eighth put to rest any notion of a Towson comeback. After Brown and Katz reached base, Towson intentionally walked Bower to load the bases up with one out. Lindemuth then drove in Brown after reaching first on an error by the Tigers third baseman. Now up 4-2, Smith drove home Bower and Katz after he laced a liner back to the Towson shortstop that eventually deflected into left center field. Junior shortstop Ryan Williams plated the frame's fourth run after he connected on a single to left field, which pushed across Lindemuth. Forsten then put the finishing touches on the five run frame after he drove in Smith on a sacrifice fly to right field.
After Farrell retired the first two batters in the top of the ninth, Parker gave the Tigers some life with a double to left center field. He later advanced to third after a passed ball. However, Farrell struck out the next Towson batter to secure the game- three victory.
The College returns to action on Tuesday, April 3, as it welcomes Maryland-Eastern Shore to Plumeri Park. The first pitch from Williamsburg is scheduled for 7 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats.