WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary baseball team defeated Richmond, 17-4, Tuesday night at Plumeri Park. After scoring 11 runs in the first two innings, and behind freshman first baseman Michael Katz's two home runs, the Tribe cruised to its second victory over the Spiders this year. The win improves W&M to 23-13 overall, while Richmond drops to 16-14 on the year.
Katz went 3-for-4 with seven RBIs, while connecting on his seventh and eighth home runs of the year to lead the Tribe bats. Freshman designated hitter Josh Smith was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. Junior center fielder Ryan Brown finished the contest scoring four runs on a 3-for-5 effort. Sophomore third baseman Ryan Lindemuth capped off a steller night going 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Junior second baseman Kevin Nutter tallied two hits, while senior right fielder Stephen Arcure was 1-for-3 with four runs scored. Rounding out the W&M effort was senior left fielder Tadd Bower and senior catcher Sean Aiken, who notched two RBIs each.
On the mound, senior LHP Cole Shain (4-2) earned his fourth win of the season. In his 5.0 innings of work, the Ashburn, Va., native surrendered only one earned run on just two hits. Freshmen LHP Jason Inghram worked two scoreless innings of relief, while classmate J.T. Castner worked an inning, allowing two earned runs. Sophomore RHP Matt Houston worked the ninth and allowed no runs on two hits. Richmond's sophomore RHP Andrew Brockett (0-5) took the loss.
W&M got off to a quick start as it plated six runs in the opening frame. Nutter put the Green and Gold ahead, 1-0, after advancing home on a Brockett wild pitch. After Brown and Arcure reached base with a single and a walk, Katz plated the pair with a home run to right center field. Aiken put the College ahead, 6-0, after his single to center field plated Bower and Lindemuth.
The Green and Gold extended its lead to 11-0 after plating five runs in the bottom half of the second. Smith highlighted the five run frame after his double down the left field line pushed across Arcure and Lindemuth.
In the bottom of the third, the College plated three runs as it pushed the margin to 14-0. Bower's sacrifice fly to center field scored Brown for the frame's first run. Arcure's run made the score 13-0, and the inning's third run culminated on a Smith double down the left field line which plated Lindemuth.
Richmond got on the board with a run in the top half of the fourth. Senior designated hitter Chris Cowell drove in junior third baseman Adam McConnell with a sacrifice fly to left field.
The College countered with three runs in the bottom half. Brown led off the frame with a double to right field and later advanced to third after Arcure reached first on an error. With two outs and runners on first and third, Katz belted the first pitch thrown to him by Richmond's freshman RHP James Lively over the right field wall.
In the top of the eighth, the Spiders pushed across a trio runs. Having already scored two runs, senior center fielder Robby Massar drove in junior pinch hitter Ryan Mallory with a single to center field.
The College will begin a seven-game road stint this weekend as it treks to Georgia State for a three-game conference series with the Panthers. Friday's first pitch from Atlanta, Ga., is scheduled for 6 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats.