RICHMOND, Va. - The William and Mary baseball team fell at VCU, 7-4, Saturday afternoon from The Diamond. Down 3-2 heading in to the eighth inning, W&M plated a pair of runs in the frame to take a 4-2 advantage. However, VCU responded with four runs in the bottom half en route to the victory. The loss drops W&M to 25-17 overall and 10-10 in CAA play while VCU improves to 21-18 on the year and 8-12 in league action.
At the plate, senior left fielder Tadd Bower went 1-for-4 with two RBIs to lead W&M. Sophomore third baseman Ryan Lindemuth tallied two hits and a run scored, while senior designated hitter Sean Aiken finished the contest with a hit and a run scored. Junior shortstop Ryan Williams scored a run in his 1-for-4 effort, while junior second baseman Kevin Nutter rounded out the output with an RBI.
Senior RHP Matt Davenport (5-3) pitched six innings, allowing just two earned runs on seven hits in the no-decision. Senior RHP Jay McCarthy (3-3) took the loss working an inning of relief. VCU's junior RHP Blake Hauser (2-1) earned the win after pitching 1.1 innings of relief.
The Tribe got on the scoreboard first with run in the top of the third. Williams led off the frame ripping a double to left field, he later advanced to third on a wild pitch from VCU's starting LHP pitcher junior Ryan Farrar. With one out, Nutter plated the Fairfax, Va., native after grounding out to second.
In the bottom half, VCU responded with a trio of runs as it took a 3-1 lead. Having already plated a pair of runs, the Black and Gold's third run of the frame culminated when sophomore designated hitter Chris Ayers pushed across sophomore third baseman Joey Cujas on a single through the middle of the infield.
W&M scored a run in the top half of the fifth, as it cut the VCU lead down to just one run. Aiken started the inning off with a single to right center field. He later scored all the way from second on a Williams fly out to left field, in which the Rams left fielder committed a throwing error, allowing Aiken to plate the College's second run of the afternoon.
The College went ahead, 4-3, after plating a pair of runs in the top half of the eighth. With one out, Brown and Lindemuth registered back-to-back hit by pitches to put runners on first and second. After the Rams recorded the innings second out on a strikeout, Bower put the Green and Gold in front by a run after his double to right field plated Brown and Lindemuth.
As it had done earlier in the game, VCU answered W&M's two run top half with four runs in the bottom half. With no outs, sophomore pinch-hitter Landon Prentiss and senior left fielder Paul Nice connected on back-to-back home runs as the Black and Gold regained a 5-4 lead. Before the inning closed, the Rams managed to tack on two more runs as it extended the margin to 7-4.
In the top of the ninth, the College put the tying run at the plate, but was unable to score any runs as VCU held on for the, 7-4, victory.
Tribe baseball returns to action this afternoon as it plays game two if its doubleheader against VCU with the first pitch from The Diamond scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats.