FARMVILLE, Va. - The William and Mary baseball team extended its winning streak to four games with a 6-0 victory at Longwood on Wednesday evening. With the win, W&M improves to 21-11 overall, while Longwood drops to 15-15 on the year.
Freshman first baseman Michael Katz went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a home run to lead the Tribe. Freshman designated hitter Josh Smith tallied two RBIs, both on sacrifice flies, while sophomore catcher Devin White was 1-for-4 and drove in a run. Rounding out the W&M attack was senior left fielder Tadd Bower, who tallied two hits.
Senior LHP Cole Shain (3-2) was outstanding en route to notching his third win of the season. In his 7.0 innings of work, the Ashburn, Va., native held Longwood scoreless, while allowing just three hits. Shain finished the contest fanning six LU batters. Senior reliever RHP Jay McCarthy worked a scoreless eighth inning, allowing no hits with a strikeout. Junior RHP John Farrell closed out the triumph in the ninth and recorded a pair of strikeouts.
The College got on the scoreboard first with a run in the top of the third inning. Mason started off the frame with a walk and later scored after White singled through the left side, giving the Green and Gold an early 1-0 lead.
W&M went ahead 2-0 after plating a run in the fourth. Bower got things started with a one-out single to center field. With Bower on first, Lindemuth laced a single to center field and advanced to second after a throwing error on the LU center fielder. The error also pushed Bower to third. Smith then plated Bower with a sacrifice fly to center filed as the Tribe pushed its margin to 2-0.
In the top half of the fifth, the Green and Gold pushed across three runs and extended its lead to 5-0. After junior second baseman Kevin Nutter and junior center fielder Ryan Brown led off the frame with walks, Katz drove the pair home with a home run to left field as W&M took control of the evening affair.
The Tribe tacked on its final run in the seventh as Smith drove home Bower with another sacrifice fly to center field.
The College returns to action on Friday, April 6, when it hosts Delaware in a three-game conference series a Plumeri Park. The first pitch from Williamsburg on Friday is scheduled for 7 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats.