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Tribe Baseball Falls at Richmond, 5-4
Updated: Friday 04/02/2013 (ET)
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RICHMOND, Va. – The William and Mary baseball team fell at Richmond, 5-4, on Tuesday afternoon at Pitt Field.  The Tribe erased an early 2-0 deficit with four unanswered runs but it was the Spiders who scored twice in the eighth before plating the winning run with a walk-off double in the ninth.  The setback drops W&M to 20-10 overall, while Richmond improves to 18-9 with the win.

At the plate, freshman left fielder Jonathan Sarty led the way with two RBIs, while sophomore first baseman Michael Katz posted a team-high three hits.  Freshman designated hitter Charley Gould went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, while senior right fielder Derek Lowe drove in a run on one hit.  Junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth and junior left fielder Willie Shaw along with freshman catcher Ryan Hissey each recorded a hit and a run scored.  Senior center fielder Ryan Brown finished the contest with two hits and a stolen base. 

Sophomore RHP J.T. Castner earned the no decision as the Williamsburg, Va., native allowed just two earned runs on eight hits and one strikeout in seven innings of work.  In an inning of work, junior RHP John Sheehan and freshman RHP Mitchell Aker allowed three runs, as Aker took the setback after allowing a run in the ninth.

Richmond got on the scoreboard first on Tuesday afternoon with a run in the opening inning.  After the Green and Gold recorded the first two outs of the frame, UR junior second baseman Adam Forrer gave the Spiders the one-run lead after his single to right field drove in senior designated hitter Jacob Mayers.

In the top of the third, Richmond went ahead 2-0 after senior first baseman Bret Williams’ two-out single to left field pushed across senior center fielder Matt Zink.

W&M responded with some two-out scoring of its own as it got on the board with a run in the top half of the fourth.  Gould led off the frame with a single up the middle and advanced to second following Shaw’s single to center field.  After the Spiders retired the next two batters, Lowe drove in Gould for the Tribe’s first run of the contest with a single to right field.

The Tribe took a 3-2 lead after scoring a pair of runs on two outs in the sixth.  Shaw drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second following Hissey’s single through the left side.  Senior shortstop Ryan Williams’ sacrifice bunt moved the pair to second and third, as W&M was primed to take the advantage.  After Richmond recorded the second out of the inning, Sarty placed a single into center field, which brought around Shaw and Hissey for W&M’s second and third runs of the afternoon.

In the top of the seventh, W&M extended its advantage to 4-2 after Gould’s infield RBI single to the UR shortstop plated Lindemuth, who reached base on a Richmond fielding error.

Richmond tied the affair, 4-4, after plating two runs in the bottom half of the eighth.  After cutting the deficit to 4-3 on a bases loaded hit by the pitch, junior shortstop Mike Small tied the contest with a sacrifice bunt, which brought home Williams.

The Green and Gold put the potential go-ahead run in scoring position in the top of the ninth but was unable to plate any runs.  Brown got things started with a leadoff single through the left side.  Lindemuth followed with an infield single, which moved Brown to second base.  However, the Spiders retired the next three batters as it ended the promising Tribe rally.

In the bottom of the ninth, Mayers drove in Zink for the deciding run on a one-out double to right center field.

Tribe baseball returns to action this weekend as it continues CAA play with a three-game series at Towson.  Friday’s first pitch from Schuerholz Park is slated for 3 p.m. and fans can follow the action online at with live stats.

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