ATLANTA, Ga. - The William and Mary baseball team defeated Georgia State, 6-5, Sunday afternoon from the GSU Baseball Complex. In a back-and-fourth clash, the College plated three runs in the final two innings, culminating when senior left fielder Tadd Bower drove in the go ahead run with a double to right field in the top of the ninth. With the win, W&M improves to 24-15 on the year and 9-9 in CAA play, while Georgia State falls to 16-21 overall and 7-8 in league action.
At the plate, Bower went 1-for-3 with the game-winning RBI and a run scored to lead the Tribe. Freshman right fielder Josh Smith finished the afternoon with a hit, an RBI and a run scored, while senior designated hitter Sean Aiken went 2-for-3 with a run driven in. Sophomore third baseman Ryan Lindemuth and freshman first baseman Michael Katz each finished the contest with two hits and two runs scored, while senior catcher Chris Forsten rounded out the offensive output with an RBI.
Senior closer RHP John Farrell (1-0) pitched three innings of relief en route to his first victory of the season. The Andover, Mass., native surrendered no runs and no hits, and only allowed one base-runner in his 18th appearance of the year. Senior LHP Cole Shain worked four innings in his eighth start of the season, while senior RHP Chris Yates saw an inning of action, as he allowed no runs and no hits. GSU's senior RHP Jake Dyer (2-4) took the loss in his two innings of action.
Georgia State got on the scoreboard first with a run in the second inning. Freshman shortstop Canden Bailey pushed across senior left fielder Landon Bennett with a sacrifice fly out to right field.
In the top of the third, the Panthers moved ahead, 2-0, after senior first baseman Brandon Williams connected on a home run down the left field line.
W&M responded in the top half of the fourth with a trio of runs, as it took a 3-2 lead. Lindemuth got the action started after he smashed a double down the right field line. Katz and Bower then followed with consecutive walks to load the bases. With no outs and the bases loaded, Smith drove in Lindemuth with a single to right center field for the Colleges' first run of the afternoon. Aiken tied the affair up at 2-2 with an RBI groundout, while Bower gave the Green and Gold a 3-2 advantage after scoring on an error by Bailey.
GSU regained the advantage after plating two runs in the bottom half. Senior designated hitter Joey Wood tied the game up at 3-3 with a solo home run to left field. The Panther's then moved in front, 4-3, after its second run of the frame culminated on a Tribe error.
The Panthers extended the margin to 5-3 with a run in the top half of the fifth. Freshman center fielder Kody Adams scored on Bennett's single to center field.
Down 5-3, W&M tied the affair up after scoring a pair of runs in the top half of the eighth. Katz led the inning off with a single to center field and later scored on Aiken's one out single to right field. With two outs and Smith on first, Forsten tied the affair up as he scored the freshman with a single to right field.
In the top of the ninth, the College went ahead for good as Bower drove in the go ahead run. Lindemuth led the frame off with a single through the middle of the infield. With one out and Lindemuth on first, Bower pushed across the Burke, Va., native after he pulled Dyer's initial pitch down the right field line.
Needing three outs to complete the come from behind victory, Farrell sat down the first two Panthers on groundouts. After Williams gave GSU a little daylight with a two out walk, Farrell proceeded to retire the next batter with a fly out to right field.
The College returns to action on Wednesday, April 18, as it travels to Greenville, N.C., for a 6 p.m. tilt against the Pirates of East Carolina University. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats.