HARRISONBURG, Va. – The William and Mary baseball team fell in the 2013 CAA Baseball Tournament finals to Towson, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park in Harrisonburg, Va. Playing in its second game of the afternoon, after it tied a school record with its 37th win of the season against Northeastern in the previous contest, the Tribe knotted the affair against Towson at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth. However, Towson plated the final three runs of the afternoon en route to the championship and earning the CAA’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Tribe’s record now stands at 37-22 on the year, while Towson upped its mark to 29-28.
Senior RHP Brett Koehler turned in a gutsy performance against the Tigers. Having pitched the day before, the Glen Gardner, N.J., native was on limited rest as he turned in one of the finest performances of his career. In eight innings of work, Koehler allowed just three earned runs on 11 hits, while posting four strikeouts. Senior LHP Matt Wainman worked the ninth inning in a relief appearance.
At the plate, junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while freshman left fielder Jonathan Sarty went 2-for-3 with a run batted in. Senior center fielder Ryan Brown scored a run and connected on two hits in four at bats.
Towson struck first with a run in the opening inning. After Koehler retired the first two batters of the inning, Kurt Wertz’s solo home run over the right field wall pushed the Tigers to an early 1-0 lead.
W&M countered and tied the contest in the bottom half. Brown got things going with a leadoff double as W&M was poised to strike early. After the Tigers retired the next two batters, Lindemuth’s single to center field, which was his 11th RBI of the tournament, tied the affair as Brown scored his 61st run of the season.
The Tigers regained a 2-1 advantage after Dominic Fratantuono led the top half of the second off a solo home run over the right field fence.
Once again, the Green and Gold answered as it plated the tying run in the bottom of the fourth. Lindemuth led the inning off with a double down the left field chalk and advanced to third following Hissey’s ground out to second base. Sarty proceeded to plate the Burke, Va., native with a chopping single that bounced between shortstop and third as W&M tied the contest at 2-2.
In the top of the fifth, Towson went ahead, 3-2, when Zach Fisher connected on a two-out single through the middle, which plated Brandon Gonnella, who reached base on a single to right field.
The Tigers extended the margin to 5-2 after plating two runs in the top half of the ninth, which stood as the final count.