GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The William and Mary baseball team fell in game two of its three-game series with the No.1 ranked Florida Gators Saturday afternoon, 5-1. The loss drops W&M to 2-4 overall, while Florida improves to 5-1 on the year.
At the plate, sophomore Ryan Lindemuth had another solid day, going 2-for-4 with a stolen base. Senior Tadd Bower drove in the Tribe's lone run with a solo home run in the top of the seventh. The solo shot was Bower's first of the year. Juniors Ryan Williams and Ryan Brown each recorded a hit Saturday afternoon.
On the mound, Junior Matt Wainman (1-1) took the loss after pitching 6.2 innings. Senior reliever Jay McCarthy only allowed one hit in 1.1 innings of work. Florida's Brian Johnson (1-0) earned the victory, after allowing one earned run in 6.1 innings of work.
The Gators struck first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. Florida's Daniel Pigott drove home Tyler Thompson with a sacrifice fly to center field, making the score 1-0. Before the inning was over, Preston Tucker's solo home run to right field made the score 2-0 in favor of the Gators.
W&M threatened the Gators lead in the top of the fourth, but was unable to plate any runners. Lindemuth led the inning off with a single through the left side of the infield. After freshman Michael Katz drew a walk, which put runners on first and second, Florida pitcher Brian Johnson loaded the bases after hitting Bower with a pitch. With one out and the bases loaded, the College grounded out into an inning-ending double play.
In the bottom of the sixth, Florida tacked on three more runs and extended its advantage to 5-0. Needing an answer, the Tribe responded when Bower led the top of the seventh off with a solo shot to right field. Feeling a possible change in momentum, Florida brought in reliever Greg Larson with one out and junior Ryan Williams on first. Larson proceeded to get the next two batters out, which halted all Tribe momentum.
Down 5-1 in the top of the ninth, the Tribe made things interesting. Bower led the frame off with a walk and then advanced to second on a Devin White groundout to short. Williams then reached base on a fielding error by the shortstop. With one out and runners on first and second, freshman Josh Smith advanced each runner a base after grounding out the shortstop. Down to their last out, the Tribe was unable to put any across and fell to the hometown Gators, 5-1.
The Tribe concludes its three-game set with the Gators tomorrow. The first pitch from Gainesville is slated for 1 p.m.