WILLIAMSBURG, Va. –
After sweeping Northeastern behind three-straight 1-0 victories, which included a trio of complete-game shutouts, the William and Mary baseball team will hit the road for a pair of midweek games starting with a contest at East Carolina on Tuesday, March 26 with the first pitch from Clark-LeClair Stadium scheduled for 3 p.m. The following day, the Green and Gold will travel to in-state counterpart Norfolk State for contest slated to get underway at 6 p.m.
Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats
. Additionally, for the price of $14.95 fans can watch the East Carolina action on www.ecupirates.com
. The Tribe's contest at Norfolk State can be viewed online at NSUSpartans.com
for the price of $5.00.
Scouting the Tribe
The Tribe enters its midweek slate against the Pirates and Spartans with an overall record of 16-8. The past weekend, behind three separate complete-game shutouts, the Green and Gold swept CAA counterpart Northeastern in a three-game set in Boston, Mass. The Tribe, who posted three-straight 1-0 victories, saw its starting pitching combine for 27.0 scoreless innings as it held the NU bats to an average of .159. Additionally, W&M’s starting rotation surrendered just 14 hits, while posting 21 strikeouts over the three-day stretch.
On the mound, the Green and Gold owns a team ERA of 3.41, which is tops in the CAA. Furthermore, W&M also leads the league in fewest walks allowed (55), while its opposition batting average of .261 ranks fourth. Leading the way is senior RHP John Farrell
(5-0). For the year, the Andover, Mass., native has amassed an ERA of 1.51 in 47.2 innings of work. Furthermore, Farrell has totaled 34 strikeouts on the year compared to just five walks.
At the plate, junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth
is batting .347 to go along with six RBI’s and 21 runs scored. Senior center fielder Ryan Brown
owns an average of .318, while his seven stolen bases lead the Tribe. Senior Jackson Shaver
continues to swing a hot bat as the local Jamestown H.S. product is batting .310 for the season, which has included 10 RBIs and four doubles.
Scouting the Pirates
Under the direction of eighth-year head coach Billy Goodwin the Pirates entertain the Tribe with an overall record of 11-13. East Carolina, who is in the midst of a five-game skid, was swept at Houston in Conference USA action this past weekend. For the year, ECU has played two games against CAA competition as it fell to Old Dominion (5-3) and UNCW (10-3). Statistically, junior Jack Reinheimer leads the way with an average of .333, which has included 10 RBIs and four doubles. On the mound, redshirt freshman David Lucroy is 3-1 and has tallied an ERA of 1.89 in 33.1 innings of work. Inside the friendly confines of Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium, ECU is 9-7 this season.
Scouting the Spartans
Under the direction of ninth-year head coach Claudell Clark the Spartans host the Tribe with a record 7-15, which includes a 4-8 mark at Marty L. Miller Field. In their last outing, NSU took the series rubber match at Maryland Eastern Shore, 8-2, as it improved its MEAC ledger to 2-4. The Spartans, who are in the midst of playing 11-of-12 on the road, will travel to Plumeri Park on Wednesday, April 10, for a constest scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. At the plate, junior Chase Kyriacou owns an average of .346 to go along with 18 RBIs and slugging percentage of .432. On the bump, sophomore Troy Applin (1-1) has worked 20.2 innings in 12 appearances and has posted an ERA of 2.61.
News and Notes:
- In a series that dates back to 1984, when both schools were Colonial Athletic Association members, East Carolina owns a 50-7 series advantage over the Green and Gold. Last season, meeting for the first time since 2003, the Pirates edged W&M, 13-4, in Greenville, N.C.
- The Tribe owns an all-time ledger of 28-7 against Norfolk State. Last season, the Green and Gold took two of three from the Spartans, which included two wins at Plumeri Park. Over the course of its 35 meetings, W&M has outscored NSU by a combined total of 335 to 164. Additionally, the Tribe is 8-4 against the Spartans at Marty L. Miller Stadium.
- Sophomore LHP Jason Inghram
was named the CAA Co-Pitcher of the Week on Monday afternoon after an impressive performance in the Tribe’s 1-0 victory at Northeastern on Sunday afternoon. Inghram, who preserved W&M’s sweep of the Huskies, tossed a complete-game shutout as he scattered just four hits to go along with nine strikeouts.
- During its current six-game winning streak, the Green and Gold has outscored the opposition by a combined score of 21-4. Furthermore, the Tribe hasn’t allowed a run in its last 31.0 innings of action.
- The Tribe is one of only two teams in the CAA that has posted a winning record on the road this season. W&M, who is 7-4 away from Plumeri Park, has defeated the likes of Clemson, Liberty, Delaware (2) and Northeastern (3) all away from the friendly confines of Plumeri Park.
- The Tribe, who sits atop the CAA standings with a league record of 5-1, is off to its best conference start in school history. In 1994, the Green and Gold started CAA play with a 4-2 ledger, which was highlighted by a sweep of George Mason as it outscored the Patriots by a combined total of 29-6.