WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary baseball split its doubleheader with Georgia State on Friday afternoon at Plumeri Park. W&M bounced back in a big way with a 14-0 victory in game two as it held the Panthers to just one hit. In game one, Georgia State came out on top, 12-4. The split gives the Tribe the series victory over the Panthers as it secures the No. 2 seed in the 2013 CAA Tournament next week in Harrisonburg, Va. For the year, W&M is now 35-20 overall and 17-10 in CAA action, while Georgia State’s season comes to an end with a record of 35-21 and a league ledger of 14-13.
The Tribe’s 17 Colonial Athletic Association victories now stand as a school record as it eclipsed the old standard of 16. Additionally, W&M’s 35 wins are the most by any Tribe squad since the 2008 team posted 36 victories. The school record for wins in a season is 37, which was set by the 2007 team. For the first time since 2008, the Green and Gold will make an appearance in the CAA Tournament.
Sophomore LHP Jason Inghram (8-5) struck out 10 Panthers and allowed one hit in seven innings of work as the Green and Gold blanked GSU, 14-0, in game two on Friday afternoon. Behind Inghram’s gem, W&M scored nine runs over a three-inning stretch en route to the lopsided win.
Playing in his final game at Plumeri Park, in which he set the school record for career starts with 213, Ryan Brown led the attack with four RBIs, two hits and two runs scored. Junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth and freshman left fielder Jonathan Sarty each finished the contest going 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Freshman catcher Ryan Hissey tallied three hits and recorded two RBIs, while senior right fielder Derek Lowe scored on three occasions. Junior third baseman Willie Shaw went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while senior shortstop Ryan Williams drove in a run to go along with two runs scored.
In relief appearances, junior RHP John Sheehan and senior LHP Matt Wainman each saw an inning of action as the pair surrendered no runs on zero hits.
The Tribe started strong as it plated a pair of runs in the first inning. Hissey’s double into the right center field gap drove in Shaw and Lindemuth as W&M jumped out to a 2-0 advantage.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Green and Gold extended its advantage to 5-0 after plating three runs in the frame. Brown gave W&M the five-run cushion with a three-run home run down the left field line, which plated Williams and Lowe. The three-run shot was Brown’s second of the season.
W&M put the contest on ice when a five-spot in the bottom of the fifth as its advantage swelled to 10-0. Brown’s single to center field pushed across Lowe as the Tribe built an insurmountable 10-run lead.
Over the next three innings, the Green and Gold plated four runs as it made the final tally 14-0.
At the plate, sophomore Michael Katz led the way with two hits and two RBIs. Junior third baseman Willie Shaw went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth tallied an RBI in three at bats. Senior center fielder Ryan Brown scored two runs and connected on a hit, while senior shortstop Ryan Williams went 2-for-4. Senior right fielder Derek Lowe rounded out the effort with a run scored. Senior RHP Brett Koehler (6-4) took the loss in 4.1 innings of action, while freshmen J.T. Castner and Joseph Gaouette made relief appearances for the Tribe
W&M jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on Friday afternoon as it scored a run in the opening frame. Brown led the inning off with a walk and later advanced to third following a sacrifice bunt and an infield groundout. With Hissey at the plate, the Fredericksburg, Va., native scored the first run of the contest on a wild pitch.
Georgia State responded with 10 runs over the next four innings as built an 11-1 advantage. The Tribe cut the deficit to 11-4 after scoring a trio of runs in the bottom half of the sixth. Katz highlighted the three-run frame with a two-RBI double down the left field chalk, which plated the Tribe’s second and third runs of the contest.
GSU made the final count 12-4 after plating a run in the top of the eighth as it evened up the series at a game apiece before falling 14-0 in the nightcap.
Six members of the Green and Gold played their final home games at Plumeri Park on Friday afternoon as they were honored in a pre-game ceremony. This season’s senior class owned a record of 81-40 over their four-year careers inside the friendly confines of Plumeri Park. The 2013 Senior Class is listed below:
Tribe baseball returns to action as the No. 2 seed in the 2013 CAA Tournament, which will take place at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. W&M will open tournament play on Thursday, May 23rd, at 3:30 p.m., as it will play the winner of Wednesday’s game two matchup between the No. 3 seed and No. 6 seed. For more information on the upcoming conference tournament stay tuned to TribeAthletics.com.