WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary baseball team fell to George Mason, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon at Plumeri Park. W&M jumped out to an early 1-0 lead but the Patriots rallied as it scored the final three runs of the afternoon en route to the win. The setback drops the Tribe to 27-17 overall and 10-7 in CAA play, while George Mason improves to 15-30 on the year and 6-17 in league action.
At the plate, senior designated hitter Jackson Shaver led the way with a hit and an RBI, while junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth finished the afternoon going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Senior center fielder Ryan Brown rounded out the effort with a hit.
Senior RHP Brett Koehler earned the no decision after pitching six innings in which he allowed just one earned run on five hits. Junior reliever John Sheehan (4-3) took the loss after allowing one run in two innings of relief. Senior LHP Matt Wainman made a relief appearance as the Woodbridge, Va., native worked the ninth inning.
The Green and Gold struck first on Saturday afternoon with a run in the second inning. With one out, Shaver pushed across Lindemuth for W&M’s first run of the contest with a sacrifice fly out to left field.
George Mason tied the affair at 1-1 after scoring a run in the top half of the sixth. Junior Blaise Fernandez drove in the tying run, Mason’s first of the day, on a sacrifice fly out to deep right field.
In the top half of the seventh, the Patriots went ahead, 2-1, after junior Jordan Hill scored all the way from second on W&M’s attempt at a 6-4-3 inning ending double play which resulted in a fielder’s choice for the GMU batter.
W&M threatened in the bottom half as Shaver ignited the momentum with a one-out double down the left field chalk. The Williamsburg, Va., native advanced to third but was unable to cross home plate as GMU ended the potential threat after recording the frame’s final out.
Mason tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth as freshman Brandon Gum’s one-out double down the left field line plated senior Duncan Satherlie as GMU extended its lead to 3-1. The Patriots secured the win in the bottom half as it retired the Tribe side in order.
The series concludes tomorrow with the first pitch at Plumeri Park scheduled for 1 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats.