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W&M Baseball Travels to East Carolina
Updated: Saturday 04/17/2012 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary baseball team will make the 210-mile trip down Interstate-95 as it plays at East Carolina on Wednesday, April 18.  The first pitch from Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m.  Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats.   

Projected Starters
Wednesday, April 18 - 6 PM

W&M - LHP Matt Wainman (3-3, 3.89 ERA)
ECU - RHP Deshorn Lake (0-1, 7.11 ERA)

Scouting the Tribe
On Sunday, W&M defeated Georgia State, 6-5, as it scored three runs in the final two innings of play.  Senior left fielder Tadd Bower knocked in the go-ahead run with a double to right field in the top of the ninth.  In the series against GSU, the Panthers managed to take two of three from the College as a single run decided all three contests.  The Green and Gold finished the week posting a record of 2-2, which included a 17-4 triumph over Richmond on April 10.

At the plate, sophomore third baseman Ryan Lindemuth is batting .361 with 33 RBIs, 14 stolen bases and four home runs to lead the Tribe.  Bower owns an average of .327 to go along with 26 RBIs, 14 doubles and two home runs.  For the year, junior second baseman Kevin Nutter is batting .317. That average jumps 42 points to .359 during conference action.  In his 39 games started this season, Nutter has tallied 45 hits, 10 stolen bases and five doubles.  Junior center fielder Ryan Brown has scored 41 runs this season to go along with 14 RBIs and six doubles on a .303 average.  Freshman Michael Katz is batting .313 as his eight home runs and 40 RBIs are team-highs, while classmate right fielder Josh Smith has compiled an average of .295 to go along with 31 runs batted in and 11 doubles.

Headlining a strong W&M rotation is senior RHP Matt Davenport (5-3).  In his 75 innings pitched, the Chesapeake, Va., native owns a 1.80 ERA to go along with 52 strikeouts and four complete games.  Junior LHP Matt Wainman (3-3), who will get the starting nod for W&M on Wednesday, has compiled an ERA of 3.89 in his 44 innings of work.  The Woodbridge, Va., native has fanned 32 batters this season.
Junior closer RHP John Farrell has amassed seven saves and a victory in his 18 appearances out of the bullpen with a 1.71 ERA.  His seven saves rank second in the CAA and 32nd in the nation.

Scouting the Pirates
Head coach Billy Goodwin is in the midst of his seventh season at the helm of the ECU program as the Pirates welcome the Tribe to Greenville with an overall record of 25-10-1.  For the year, ECU has been in and out of the national rankings, and as of this week, the Pirates were still receiving votes in the USA Today/Coaches Poll.  Before hosting W&M on Wednesday, ECU will play host to the College's CAA brethren UNCW.  Tuesday's tilt between the Pirates and Seahawks will be 127th meeting between the two Carolina schools.

Senior Tim Younger is batting .367 with 21 RBIs and 26 runs scored to lead the ECU bats.  Sophomore Drew Reynolds owns an average of .345 to go along with 15 runs batted in and two home runs, while junior John Wooten has connected on a team-high seven home runs in tallying 24 RBIs on an average of .333.

Freshman RHP Deshorn Lake, who starred at Menchville H.S. in Newport News, Va., will make his second career start against the Tribe on Wednesday night.  For the year, Deshorn has made six appearances, compiling an ERA of 7.11 in 6.1 innings of work.  Sophomore reliever Tanner Merritt has seen 32.1 innings of action and has notched seven saves in 18 appearances, while Reynolds has recorded three wins and seven saves in his 14 appearances of relief.

In a series that dates back to 1984 when both schools were Colonial Athletic Association members, East Carolina owns a 49-7 series lead over the College.  The schools last met during the 2003 season as W&M won a 3-2 tilt at ECU.  In Greenville, ECU leads the series, 25-2. 

Tommy Smith Dedication
The William and Mary Athletics program will hold a special dedication ceremony in the Memory of Tommy Smith prior to the baseball program's April 28th doubleheader against Norfolk State at Plumeri Park.  On that Saturday, the Tribe will honor the life and contributions of the late Tommy Smith.  Smith was a life-long supporter of the baseball program, who passed away in late 2011.

The William and Mary Athletics Department will honor Smith by re-naming the suite at Plumeri Park after the late Mr. Smith.  Additionally, Mr. Smith's grandson will throw out the first pitch against the Spartans           

State of Virginia Flavor
In total, East Carolina will play 56-games this season.  Six of the Pirates' 56 contests (10.7 percent) will come against teams from the state of Virginia.  ECU has already matched up against Old Dominion (twice) and VCU.  The Pirates split its two affairs with the Monarchs as each won on the others home diamond.  On March 13, ECU fell at home to VCU, 18-11.  Besides its game against the Tribe on Wednesday, ECU's remaining opponents from the Commonwealth include trips to VMI on May 18 and a trip in return to VCU the following day.

Tribe Baseball in the National Rankings
In the latest national rankings released by the NCAA on April 17, William and Mary and its players were well represented in various categories.  As a team, W&M ranks second in the nation with 30 sacrifice flies.  The College ranks sixth in country with 185 base-on-balls, while its 2.36 walks allowed per contest sits a ninth best in the country.  For the year, the Green and Gold has totaled 264 runs scored, which is good for 11th in the nation.  As a team, W&M ranks 15th in the country with an ERA of 2.84. 

Individually, senior Matt Davenport ranks seventh in the nation with four complete games, while his ERA of 1.80 ranks 33rd in the country.  Junior Ryan Brown and sophomore Ryan Lindemuth have each scored 41 runs this season, which ranks the pair at 13th in the nation.  Freshman Michael Katz's eight sacrifice flies ranks second in the country, while his 40 RBIs stand at 21st nationally.











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