WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary baseball team defeated Norfolk State, 4-0 in game one, and 8-2 in game two, as it completed the afternoon sweep of the Spartans from Plumeri Park on Saturday afternoon. In both games, W&M jumped out to early leads and never looked back as it outscored the Spartans by a combined score of 12-2. The wins improve the College's overall record to 27-18, while NSU falls to 15-23 on the year.
Junior RHP Brett Koehler pitched 4.1 innings, allowing no runs and just two hits, but his seventh start of the season was cut short due to an hour and forty-minute long rain delay. After the delay, senior LHP Cole Shain (5-2) took to the mound for the Tribe, and worked 2.2 innings of scoreless relief en route to his fifth win of the season. Junior closer John Farrell came on in the eighth, preserving the shutout with three strikeouts in his two innings of action. Norfolk State's sophomore RHP Justin Bhatti (3-5) worked six innings in the loss.
At the plate, senior left fielder Tadd Bower went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to lead W&M. Junior center fielder Ryan Brown was 1-for-3 with a run batted in and a run scored, while senior catcher Sean Aiken tallied two hits. Rounding out the Green and Gold output was sophomore third baseman Ryan Lindemuth, who finished the contest going 1-for-3 with an RBI.
W&M got on the scoreboard first with a pair of runs in the opening frame. After Brown reached base on an error by the NSU third baseman, Bower plated the Fredericksburg, Va., native with a double down the left field line. With one out and Bower on second base, Lindemuth followed with another double to left field driving in the senior slugger, and after one inning of play the College owned a 2-0 advantage.
The Tribe pushed its advantage to 3-0 after plating a run in the bottom half of the second. Senior right fielder Stephen Arcure led off the frame reaching base on an error by the Spartans shortstop and later scored from third after an NSU past ball.
In the bottom of the seventh, W&M pushed across a run as it expanded the margin to 4-0. With one out, Aiken got on base with a single to center filed, and later scored when Brown connected on a single to right field, giving W&M a four run cushion.
In the top of the ninth, Farrell retired the Spartan side in order as the College preserved its fifth shutout victory of the season.
Game Two (Seven Innings)
Senior catcher Chris Forsten tallied two RBIs and a hit to lead the Tribe bats in game two against Norfolk State. Junior shortstop Ryan Williams and freshman right fielder Josh Smith each recorded a hit, an RBI and two runs scored on the afternoon, while senior designated hitter Sean Aiken and senior left fielder Tadd Bower each tallied two hits and a run scored. Sophomore third baseman Ryan Lindemuth went 1-for-3 with a run batted in and a run scored, while freshman first baseman Michael Katz drove in a run.
Senior RHP Matt Davenport (6-3) surrendered just one earned run and struck out six in his five innings of action, as he earned his sixth victory of the season. Freshman LHP Jason Inghram worked a scoreless inning of relief in the sixth, while junior LHP Matt Wainman pitched the seventh and final inning, allowing one earned run. NSU's sophomore LHP Ryan VanAssche (3-5) saw five innings of action in the loss.
Just as it had done in game one, the Tribe once again plated two runs in the opening frame as it jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. Lindemuth's sacrifice fly out to right field was deep enough to plate Brown from third for W&M's first run of the contest. Bower scored the frame's second run after advancing home from third on a wild pitch by VanAssche.
In the bottom of the second, the Green and Gold extended its lead to 4-0 after scoring two runs in the frame. Aiken led off the frame with a single to right field. The Alpharetta, Ga., native later scored after Smith belted a double into left center field. With one out, Forsten drove in Smith with a fielder's choice, which gave the College a four-run advantage.
Norfolk State responded with a run in the top half of the third. Down 4-0, senior catcher Chris Warren led off the frame with a single to right field. After advancing to second on a past ball and then to third on a groundout, freshman Justin Lee plated Warren after grounding out into a 6-4-3 double play.
After scoring a run in the fourth, W&M tacked on three more runs in the bottom half of the fifth, as it pushed its advantage to 8-1. Lindemuth got the frame started with a leadoff triple to right center field. Katz followed with a sacrifice fly out to right field, which was deep enough to plat the Burke, Va., native for W&M's first run of the inning. Having reached base with a hit by the pitch, Smith was driven home after Williams smashed a double to left center field. The Tribe's third run of the frame culminated when Forsten laced a single to right field, plating Williams in process as the College went ahead by seven runs.
Down to its last three outs in the top of the seventh, the Spartans plated a run, but was able to complete the comeback. Warren led off the final frame with a double to center field, and scored on sophomore left fielder Chase Kyriacou's two out single through the middle of the infield. With two outs and Kyriacou on first, Wainman preceded to strikeout the final NSU batter, as the College took the season series, 2-1, with the afternoon sweep of the Spartans.
Tribe baseball returns to action on Friday, May 4, as it welcomes the Old Dominion Monarchs to Plumeri Park for a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series, with the first pitch from Williamsburg scheduled for 7 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats.