BOSTON, Mass. – The William and Mary baseball team scored a run in the top of the eighth inning, lifting itself to a 3-2 Colonial Athletic Association series clinching victory at Northeastern on Saturday afternoon. W&M has now won four straight conference weekend series with today's win. With the win, the Tribe improves to 24-14, 8-2 in CAA play, while Northeastern drops to 15-20, 4-7 in league action.
Senior Ryan Lindemuth led the Tribe on the day, going 2-for-5 with two doubles, a RBI, and a run scored. The senior has reached base safely in 34 straight games. Junior Devin White also collected a pair of hits and an RBI.
For the 18th game this season, the Tribe scored a run in the first inning, plating a pair of runs in the first. After an out, junior Nick Thompson walked and classmate Michael Katz reached on an error, setting the table for the middle of the lineup. The next batter, Lindemuth doubled, scoring Thompson. After the second out of the inning, White hit an infield single, scoring Katz, and giving the Green and Gold a 2-0 lead.
Northeastern cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fifth inning. Cam Hanley started the rally with a leadoff triple. He came around to score on an RBI groundout by Josh Treff. The run cut the Tribe lead to 2-1.
The Huskies tied the score with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Hanley led off the frame with a single, moving to third on a base hit by Treff. Michael Foster sent a groundball to short, but it was enough to bring in Hanley and tie the score 2-2.
W&M quickly regained its lead with a run in the top of the eighth inning. Lindemuth led off the frame with a single, moving to third on a base hit by White. The next batter, senior Kevin Casey grounded out, but it was enough to score Lindemuth, giving the Tribe a 3-2 lead.
Tribe starting pitcher redshirt senior John Sheehan pitched seven innings allowing jus ttwo runs on eight hits. He had one strikeout in his fourth win of the season. Sophomore Joseph Gaouette pitched the final two innings for the Green and Gold, earning his second save in as many days. Gaouette struck out one in his third save of the season. Northeastern’s Brad Burcoff was charged with the loss after allowing a run in two innings of work.
The College and the Huskies conclude their three-game series on Sunday, April 20 at noon. W&M returns to action next weekend with a three-game series at Plumeri Park against Hofstra. The series begins on Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m.