WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary baseball team returns to action on Tuesday, April 2, as it travels to the University of Richmond for a 3 p.m. contest against the Spiders at Pitt Field. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats.
Tuesday – 3 PM
W&M – RHP J.T. Castner (2-1, 2.15 ERA)
Richmond – LHP Chris Bates (1-0, 4.42 ERA)
Scouting the Tribe
The Green and Gold enters the tilt at Richmond with an overall record of 20-9, as it is off to its best start through 29 games since opening the 2004 season with a mark of 21-8. This past weekend, W&M took two of three from High Point at Plumeri Park. After dropping the series opener in extras, 7-5, the Tribe rebounded nicely with back-to-back wins over the Panthers, which included a 5-4 walk-off victory on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore RHP J.T. Castner (2-1) has seen 29.1 innings of work in 2013 and has amassed an ERA of 2.15. In his last outing, the local Williamsburg, Va., product tossed a complete-game two-hit shutout as the Tribe downed Norfolk State, 4-0, on March 27. At the plate, sophomore first baseman Michael Katz is batting .449 to go along with 19 RBIs and six doubles. Junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth owns an average of .358, which has included 10 RBIs, three doubles and 28 runs scored.
Under the direction of sixth-year head coach Mark McQueen the Spiders entertain the Tribe with a record of 17-9. Richmond took two of three at La Salle in Atlantic-10 action this past weekend, which included a 22-1 thumping over the Explores on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore LHP Chris Bates (1-0) has made four starts in seven appearances for Richmond. In his 18.1 innings of work, Bates has tallied an ERA of 4.42 to go along with 23 strikeouts. At the plate, senior Brett Williams paces the Spiders with an average of .381, while freshman Tanner Stanley has posted eight doubles and 25 runs batted in on an average of .324.
News and Notes:
- All-time, Richmond owns a 56-29 series lead over the Green and Gold. However, the Tribe has won 18 of the last 25 meetings between the two squads, which included two victories in 2012. In its first meeting last spring, W&M defeated the Spiders, 9-5, at Pitt Field as sophomore first baseman Michael Katz led the way with a grand slam and solo home run. In the return to trip to Plumeri Park on April 10, W&M defeated the Spiders, 17-4, as Katz paced the offensive effort with two home runs and seven RBIs. In two career games against Richmond, Katz owns an average of .555, which has included four home runs, 12 RBIs and four runs scored.
- Since opening the season with a series setback at Clemson, the Green and Gold has yet to drop weekend series since. W&M opened its home schedule at Plumeri Park with a sweep of Siena before taking three of four from Penn the following weekend. The Tribe continued its out of conference slate by winning two of three from Rutgers in Williamsburg before taking the series at Delaware in its CAA opener. W&M continued its strong play on the weekend with a sweep at Northeastern before winning the latest series against High Point.
- After its midweek affair at Richmond on Tuesday, the Tribe will continue Colonial Athletic Association play this weekend at Towson. The three-game set against the Tigers will be the Tribe’s ninth consecutive CAA road tilt as it is set to open league play at home against James Madison on April 12.