WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary baseball team will travel to UNCW for a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series, which is set to get underway at Brooks Field in Wilmington, N.C., on Thursday at 6 p.m. The three-game set against the Seahawks will be a match up of the top two teams in the CAA.
Thursday 6 PM
W&M – RHP John Farrell (9-1, ERA 2.00)
UNCW – LHP Mat Batts (8-2, ERA 2.90)
Friday 6 PM
W&M – RHP Brett Koehler (5-3, ERA 3.56)
UNCW – RHP Jordan Ramsey (6-4, ERA 2.13)
Saturday 4 PM
W&M – LHP Jason Inghram (7-4, ERA 2.46)
UNCW – LHP Christian MacDonald (4-1, ERA 3.72)
Scouting the Tribe
Well positioned in the CAA standings at second, the Tribe enters the weekend showdown against UNCW with an overall record of 31-17 and a league mark of 14-7. Last weekend, W&M swept conference foe Hofstra in a three-game set at Plumeri Park by a combined score of 26-1. This weekend’s matchup at Brooks Field will be the Tribe’s last three road contests of the season. In 21 games away from Plumeri Park this spring, the Green and Gold has tallied a mark of 10-11.
Sophomore Michael Katz leads the W&M bats with an average of .388, which ranks 32nd nationally. The Falls Church Va., native has driven in 37 runs to go along with 30 runs scored, 16 doubles and two home runs. Junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth is batting .350 with 25 RBIs, 45 runs scored and two triples. The Burke, Va., native has registered 16 multi-hit games this season, which has included two four-hit outings. Senior center fielder Ryan Brown, who has been a staple in the starting lineup since arriving on campus, is batting .330 from the leadoff spot. Brown ranks fifth in the conference with 19 stolen bases. Additionally, he has accounted for 22 RBIs and 48 runs scored.
On the mound, senior RHP John Farrell (9-1) ranks first in the CAA in wins and ERA (2.00). In 90.0 innings of work this season, Farrell has fanned 76 batters and has allowed just 12 walks, which gives him a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 6.33, which stands 20th in the nation. Senior RHP Brett Koehler, who is coming off of a great Saturday outing against Hofstra in which he allowed one run on four hits in eight innings of work, owns a record of 5-3 and an ERA of 3.56 in 2013. Koehler’s strikeout-to-walk ratio (10.4) ranks third in the nation as the Glen Gardner, N.J. native has allowed only five walks in 78.1 innings of work this season. Sophomore LHP Jason Inghram (7-4, ERA 2.46) is in the midst of an outstanding campaign as the Chesapeake, Va., native leads the CAA in strikeouts looking (32), while ranking second in strikeouts (82) with the latter standing 32nd in the nation. As a unit, W&M’s team ERA of 3.42 ranks second in the CAA.
Scouting the Seahawks
UNCW host the Tribe with an overall mark of 34-15 and CAA record of 15-5. Sitting atop the league standings, the Seahawks fell a fifth-ranked N.C. State, 7-2, in non-conference action on Tuesday night. Inside the friendly confines of Brooks Field this season, UNCW owns a record of 23-8. The sixth inning has been UNCW’s for the taking this year as it has outscored the opposition 56-14 during the course of that frame. For two weeks in April, UNCW was ranked among the nation’s top-25 teams, reaching as high as 21st when recording a signature win at top-ranked North Carolina, 9-8, on April 23.
Senior Michael Bass leads UNCW at the plate with an average of .396, which has included 28 RBIs, 16 doubles and four home runs. Junior Ryan LaGrange is batting .371 to go along with 30 runs batted in and 11 doubles, while sophomore Luke Dunlap owns an average of .370 with 38 RBIs and five home runs. Junior LHP Mat Batts has compiled a record of 8-2 and an ERA of 2.90 in 83.2 innings of work this season as he headlines a solid UNCW rotation. The Seahawks’ team ERA of 3.57 ranks third in the CAA, while its cumulative batting average of .293 stands fourth.
News and Notes:
- In a series that dates back to 1982, UNCW owns a 66-21 series advantage over the Tribe. W&M swept the inaugural three-game series at UNCW in 1984 by a combined score of 23-15. The two have met in the CAA tournament twice, with the Tribe winning, 11-8, on May 22, 2008 and Wilmington earning the, 4-3, victory in 12 innings on May 22, 2003.
- After outstanding weekends on the diamond a pair of William and Mary baseball players took home Colonial Athletic Association weekly accolades on Monday afternoon. Sophomore first baseman Michael Katz earned CAA Player of the Week distinctions, while freshman catcher Ryan Hissey was named the Rookie of the Week.
- Senior RHP John Farrell who owns a record of 9-1 on the season is just one victory shy of becoming the first member of the Green and Gold to post 10 wins in a season since Bob Adams accomplished the feat in 1936. Rosy Waugh owns the single season wins record with 12, which was reached in 1938.
- With its recent series sweep over Hofstra, the Green and Gold clinched a berth in the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Tournament for the first time since the 2008 season. Currently sitting in second place in the league standings with a record of 14-7, W&M is well positioned to earn a first day bye when the tournament gets underway at James Madison University on May 22.
Cumulative Score - W&M 382 - UNCW 587
Last Meeting - L, 3-4 (5/12/12) (H)
Largest Margin of Victory - 12, (2x, most recent 4/18/04) (H)
Largest Margin of Defeat - 18, (4/29/07) (H)
Longest Winning Streak - 3 (2x, 5/15/97 - 4/11/98)
Longest Losing Streak - 13, (3/31/90 - 4/23/94)
Largest Home Attendance - 517, (5/11/12) L, 4-5
Overall Record - (21-66)
Record at Home - (12-28)
Record on the Road - (8-35)
Neutral Site - (1-3)