HAMPTON, Va. – In their fourth and final meeting of the season, the William and Mary baseball team defeated Old Dominion, 4-3, in non-conference action on Tuesday night at historic War Memorial Stadium in Hampton. The Green and Gold never trailed as it jumped out to a 3-0 lead after scoring three runs in the fourth, before sophomore first baseman Michael Katz gave the Tribe a 4-2 advantage after connecting on his 13th career home run in the eighth. The win improves the Tribe’s record to 33-19 on the season, while Old Dominion falls to 27-24.
Junior RHP John Sheehan (5-3) picked up the win on Tuesday night. In 2.2 innings of relief action, the Westwood, Mass., native allowed no runs on zero hits, while finishing the night with three strikeouts. Sophomore RHP J.T. Castner earned the no decision after seeing 4.1 innings of work. The local Williamsburg, Va., product was dealing early as he posted four strikeouts within the first three innings of play. Senior LHP Matt Wainman recorded his seventh save of the season after recording the final six outs of the contest, which included a strikeout of the ODU side in the bottom of the ninth.
Katz led the way at the plate with a 1-for-3 effort, which included a home run and two runs scored. Freshman left fielder Jonathan Sarty put together an impressive 2-for-3 performance, which included two runs batted in. Junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth finished the contest with an RBI in three at bats, while senior center fielder Ryan Brown recorded a hit and two runs scored. Senior right fielder Derek Lowe finished the night with a hit, while junior third baseman Willie Shaw scored a run.
W&M initiated the scoring after plating a trio of runs in the top of the fourth. Brown got things started with a lead off single through the left side and later advanced to second following a Shaw walk. With no outs and Katz at the plate, the pair advanced to second and third following an ODU passed ball as Katz eventually loaded the bases with another walk. Lindemuth proceeded to plate the night’s first run after his chopper to third turned into a Monarch throwing error in ODU’s attempt to throw out Brown at home plate. Sarty gave the Green and Gold a 3-0 advantage after his two-out single through the left side plated Shaw and Katz.
Old Dominion threatened in the bottom half as it loaded the bases with two outs. However, W&M didn’t yield a run as Castner retired junior Tyler Urps on a fly out to center filed for the third out of the inning.
The Monarchs cut the deficit to 3-2 after scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. Sophomore Josh Eldridge pushed across junior Ben Verlander for ODU’s first run of the evening with a slicing double to left center field. Sophomore Michael Perez drove in the Monarchs’ second run of the night on a sacrifice fly out to left field, which plated junior Ben Slaton from third.
In the top of the eighth, Katz gave the Tribe a 4-2 lead with one swing of the bat. The Falls Church, Va., native sent sophomore RHP Victor Diaz’s offering off of the War Memorial Stadium scoreboard in left field. Katz’s third home run of the season was also his 38th RBI of the year.
ODU plated a run in the bottom of the eighth as it got to within 4-3. With two outs, freshman Connor Myers drove in Old Dominion’s third run of the contest with a triple down the left field line.
In the bottom of the ninth, Wainman was dominant en route to his seventh save of the season. The Woodbridge, Va., native struck out the side as W&M posted its 51st all-time victory over Old Dominion.
Tribe baseball returns to action this weekend as it closes out the regular season in a three-game home series against CAA foe Georgia State. The action gets underway on Thursday night with the first pitch from Plumeri Park slated for 7 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats.