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Seven-Run Sixth Inning Leads Tribe to 14-7 Victory over Towson
Updated: Sunday 05/03/2014 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary baseball team erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, lifting itself to a 14-7 victory over Towson on Saturday afternoon at Plumeri Park. The Tribe collected 20 hits, which was the eighth time this season that they have reached that plateau. With the win, the Green and Gold improve to 29-15, 13-3 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while Towson falls to 20-21, 2-11 in league action.

Senior Derek Lowe led the Tribe with four hits and three RBIs. Classmate Kevin Nutter had three hits and two RBIs, while junior Michael Katz also had three hits. All nine batters collected at least one hit in the victory for the College.

Towson jumped on the board first with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning. A lead off walk to Kurt Wertz started the rally. The next batter, Brady Policelli belted a two-run homer over the left center field wall, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

William and Mary responded by cutting the lead in half with a run in the bottom of the third inning. Lowe led off the frame with a double. The next batter, junior Nick Thompson singled into right field, bringing around Lowe.

The Tribe knotted the score with a run in the bottom on the fourth inning. Freshman Tim Hoehn started the rally by reaching on a wild pitch, moving to third on a single by Lowe. The next batter, Nutter singled through the right side, plating Hoehn and tying the score 2-2.

Towson came right back with a run in the top of the fifth inning. With out, Hunter Bennett doubled into right center, moving to third on a groundout. Brandon Gonnella followed with a single into left field, scoring Bennett and giving the Tigers a 3-2 lead.

W&M came right back in tied the score with a run in the bottom of the fifth. Katz led off the inning with a double down the left field line. After an out, sophomore Charley Gould walked, putting runners on first in second. A two-out single by sophomore Josh Smith loaded the bases. Hoehn then lined a single into left field, scoring Katz and tying the score 3-3.

For the fourth straight inning, the Tribe scored in the bottom of the sixth inning, erupting for seven runs. Nutter led off the inning with a single, moving to second on a walk to Thompson. The next batter, Katz hit infield single, but the throw to first was wide, bringing home Nutter, and giving the Tribe its first lead of the game. Sophomore Ryan Hissey then roped a double to the left center field wall, clearing the bases. Classmate Charley Gould followed suit bring around Hissey with a single.  Casey followed with a single putting runners on first and second with nobody out. After an out, Hoehn doubled into right center field scoring Gould. Lowe followed with a single into left field that plated the sixth run of the inning. The hit parade continue when Nutter hit his second single of the inning, brining around Hoehn and pushing the Tribe lead to 10-3.

The Tigers added three runs in the top of the seventh inning. Zach Fisher and Bennett each reached on singles. After two outs, Dominic Fratantuono walked, loading the bases. The next batter, Peter Bowles singled, scoring two runs. Fratantuono came around to score on an error, cutting the Tribe lead to 10-6.

William and Mary added two more runs in the home half of the seventh inning. With one out, Gould and Casey each reached on free passes. A single by Smith loaded the bases. The next batter Lowe singled brining around two and making the score 12-6.

The Tribe scored two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Thompson led off the inning with a walk, moving to second on an errant pickoff attempt. After an out, Hissey doubled brining around Thompson. Gould traded places with Hissey on a double down the left field line, giving the Tribe a 14-6 advantage.

Towson scratched across a lone run in the top of the ninth inning. Spencer Sutton hit a solo shot over the right field wall, cutting the Tribe lead to 14-7.

Redshirt senior John Sheehan earned his fifth win of the season in the game. The Westwood, Massachusettes native pitched six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, while striking out three. Freshman Nick Brown earned his first collegiate save, throwing the final three innings. He allowed two runs (one earned), while striking out five batters. The loss was charged to Towson’s Brandon Gonnella, which was his fourth loss of the season.

W&M scored in double-figures for the 17th time this season, moving its record to 16-1 in games they score double-digits. In the last 21 weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) games the Tribe has scored 235 runs, which is 11.2 runs a game. The Green and Gold also slugged out 20 or more hits for the eighth time this season.

The Green and Gold and Towson conclude their three game series tomorrow, Sunday, May 4. First pitch from Plumeri Park is set for 1 p.m. William and Mary will also honor its five seniors in a pregame ceremony, starting at approximately 12:40 p.m. tomorrow.

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