WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Behind an offensive outburst that built an overwhelming 8-0 lead after two innings of play and seven shutout innings from senior RHP John Farrell, the William and Mary baseball team opened its Colonial Athletic Association series against George Mason with an 11-2 win over the Patriots on Friday night at Plumeri Park. The win improves the Tribe’s record to 27-16 overall and 10-6 in CAA play, while GMU falls to 14-30 on the season and 5-17 in league action.
In his 11th start of the year, Farrell improved his record to 8-1 as the Andover, Mass., native allowed just three hits to go along with seven strikeouts in 25 batters faced. Freshman Mitchell Aker pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the eighth, while classmate Joseph Gaouette recorded the final three outs in the ninth.
At the plate, sophomore first baseman Michael Katz led the attack with two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth finished the night with three runs batted in, while freshman left fielder Jonathan Sarty tallied three hits and two RBIs. Junior third baseman Willie Shaw went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, while senior center fielder Ryan Brown rounded out the effort with three runs scored, two hits and an RBI. The Green and Gold finished the night 15 hits, which accounted for 10 RBIs.
The Green and Gold wasted little time in making its presence known on the scoreboard as it plated a pair of runs in the opening frame. Brown led the contest off with a single to right center field and later advanced to second following’s sacrifice bunt. Katz proceeded to reach base on a GMU throwing error, in which he advanced to third, and in the process allowed Brown to score from second. Lindemuth followed with a sacrifice fly out to right field, which pushed across Katz as the Tribe went ahead, 2-0.
W&M exploded for six runs in the second inning, all on two outs, as it opened up an 8-0 advantage. The six-run frame was highlighted by Katz’s double to left center field, which pushed across Brown and Shaw for the Tribe’s fifth and sixth runs of the night. A total of 11 W&M players saw plate appearances in the second as the Tribe’s outburst was fueled by seven hits.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Tribe extended its to 9-0 after Sarty’s two-out single through the middle of the infield drove in Shaw from second base.
The margin reached double digits, 10-0, after the Green and Gold plated a run in the sixth. Senior shortstop Ryan Williams accounted for the RBI as his fly out to left field was deep enough to plate a tagging Sarty from third.
W&M tacked on its final run of the night in the bottom half of the seventh. Lindemuth drove in the Tribe’s 11th run of the contest on a sacrifice fly out to left field, which drove in Brown from third.
George Mason got on the scoreboard as it plated a pair of runs in the top half of the ninth. Senior Duncan Satherlie drove in junior Blaise Fernandez and freshman Derek Evans on a two-out single through the right side. Gaouette proceeded to retire the next batter as the Tribe improved its record to 17-5 at Plumeri Park this season.
The series continues tomorrow with the first pitch at Plumeri Park scheduled for 4 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com.