WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Behind senior RHP Matt Davenport's complete game performance, the William and Mary baseball team edged Northeastern, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon at Plumeri Park. The win improves W&M to 10-6 overall and 1-1 in CAA play, while the Huskies drop to 6-3 on the year and 1-1 in league action.
Davenport (3-0) tossed a complete game and allowed just two earned runs on seven hits. The Chesapeake native flashed his glove ability several times in the Saturday afternoon affair as he recorded five fielding assists and struck out five batters. Northeastern's Dylan Maki (1-2) took the loss, allowing three earned runs in six innings of work.
At the plate, senior designated hitter Tadd Bower led the Tribe attack with three hits and two RBIs. Senior left fielder Stephen Arcure's strong outing consisted of two hits and an RBI. Junior center fielder Ryan Brown went 1-for-3 with two runs scored while freshman Michael Katz recorded an RBI in the 4-3 victory.
In the top of the first, Northeastern got on the scoreboard quickly with a pair of runs. With one out and the bases loaded, NU's designated hitter Alex McKeon plated the Huskies first two runs of the contest with a single to right field.
Not to be outdone, W&M responded with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the frame to tie the score up at 2-2 after one inning of play. With one out and juniors Kevin Nutter and Ryan Brown on second and third, Bower's single through the right side plated both juniors.
The Tribe took control of the contest with runs in the second and third innings. After being pelted by an errant pitch to lead off the second inning, senior catcher Chris Forsten moved into scoring position by stealing second base. Arcure then executed a one-out RBI single through the middle of the infield that plated Forsten. In the third, Katz brought home Brown with a sacrifice fly to left field, and after three innings of play, W&M owned a 4-2 advantage.
Northeastern plated a run in the top of the fifth that cut the College's lead down to one at 4-3. Only needing one more out to get out of the frame, W&M committed a throwing error that allowed NU's Aaron Barbosa to score the visitors third run of the afternoon.
In a tight ballgame at 4-3, Davenport shutdown any Northeastern rally as he retired the last nine batters in a row to preserve the series tying 4-3 triumph.
The Tribe concludes its three-game series with Northeastern tomorrow at Plumeri Park with the first pitch from Williamsburg scheduled for 1 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats.