HARRISONBURG, Va. – After play was suspended overnight in the third inning due to inclement weather, the William and Mary baseball team opened its 2013 CAA Baseball Tournament with a 20-19 walk-off victory over James Madison on Friday morning. Trailing 19-16 as play entered the ninth, junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth drove in the tying the runs before freshman catcher Ryan Hissey plated the game-winner with a single through the middle of the infield. Both squads combined for a tournament record 45 hits, while tying a NCAA record for most players HBP with 13. Additionally, the Tribe upped its overall mark to 36-20 on the year, just one win shy of tying the school record, while James Madison fell to 25-29.
The Tribe returns to action later this afternoon at approximately 4:00 p.m., as it will take on No. 4 seed Towson for a spot in the championship round. Fans can follow this afternoon’s action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats. Additionally, fans can watch the action free of charge on CAASports.com, as CAA.TV will provide the live broadcast.
As play entered the bottom of the ninth, W&M faced a 19-16 deficit after JMU plated three runs in the top half, which broke up a 16-16 tie. After the Dukes recorded the first two outs of the inning the outcome seemed inevitable. However, Lowe gave the Green and Gold life with a two-out single through the middle. Brown followed and brought around Lowe with a double to left center field, which cut the deficit to 19-17. W&M proceeded to load the bases after a Shaw walk and a Katz HBP as the momentum changed hands. Lindemuth followed and tied the contest after he sent a 1-2 offering through the left side, which pushed across Brown and Shaw. With runners on first and second, Hissey sent a hard grounder back up the middle and into center field as Katz slid head first into home for the winning run.
At the plate, the Green and Gold set new season-highs in runs scored (20) and hits (22) as freshman Jonathan Sarty led the way with a career-high five RBIs, three hits and two runs scored. Hissey finished the contest going 4-for-6 with three RBIs and three runs scored, while sophomore first baseman Michael Katz belted his fourth home run of the season, which accounted for three RBIs and a run scored. Senior center fielder Ryan Brown and junior third baseman Willie Shaw each drove in two runs, while Lindemuth went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Seniors Jackson Shaver and Derek Lowe rounded out the offensive explosion with three hits and an RBI apiece.
On the mound, senior RHP John Farrell worked three innings before play was halted on Thursday night. On Friday morning, four W&M pitchers saw relief appearances as senior LHP Matt Wainman picked up his fourth win of the season after working the eighth and ninth.
The Dukes pushed across the games first runs with three straight doubles in the top half of the second inning. After Matt Tenaglia, who led off the inning with a single, moved up into scoring position on a groundout, Cole McInturff, Johnny Bladel and Ty McFarland produced back-to-back-to-back doubles to plate a trio of runs to give JMU a 3-0 cushion.
W&M answered with three straight singles in the bottom of the second to get on the scoreboard. Following back-to-back singles from Ryan Williams, Lowe brought Shaver home from second with a single through the left side, cutting the JMU lead to 3-1.and senior
The Tribe broke it open with an 11-run third inning where it sent 18 batters to the plate and collected six hits.and provided the big fireworks in the inning. Afte plated the Green and Gold’s second run with a single to center, Sarty ripped a bases-clearing double to the left center field gap to give the Tribe it first lead of the game at 5-3.
The Green and Gold loaded the bases again on a Williams’ HBP and a bloop single for Lowe.brought home the sixth run of the frame with a bases-loaded hit by pitch. , who started the inning with a single, laced another single through the middle driving home a pair to increase the margin to 8-3.
With two runners on, Katz connected on his fourth home run of the season down to left field that gave the Tribe an 11-3 advantage. In his second at-bat of the inning, Sarty came through with another extra-base hit, plating Hissey with a triple off the center field fence as the Tribe pushed the advantage to 12-3.
JMU cut the deficit to 12-10 after plating seven runs in the top of the fourth. Bladel got things going for the Dukes with a triple off the right field wall, which pushed across McInturff for JMU’s first run of the frame. McFarland, Shaban and Goss followed with RBI singles as James Madison got to within 12-7. JMU plated its final three runs of the inning without registering a hit as W&M center fielderthrew out Tenaglia to end the inning on his attempt to tag up from third on a fly out.
The Dukes tied the contest after pushing across two runs in the top half of the fifth. After JMU got to within one run, 12-11, Roberts’ RBI bloop double down the left field chalk knotted the scored at 12-12.
W&M responded with three runs in the bottom half as it regained a 15-12 advantage. Sarty broke the deadlock with a single to left field, which plated Lindemuth, who reached base after being belted on the foot. After a JMU pitching change, Shaver plated Hissey and moved Sarty into scoring position with a single to center field. Sarty scored the Tribe’s 15th run of the day after a failed pickoff attempt from the JMU catcher as his snap throw to first bounced its way down the right field line.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Tribe tacked on a run as it pushed its lead to 16-12. Hissey gave W&M the four-run lead after his ground-rule double to center field drove in Shaw, who reached base after being hit by a pitch.
James Madison tied the contest at 16-16 after posting a four-spot in the top of the eighth. Bladel highlighted the four-run frame with a two-run home to straight away center as the Dukes got to within 16-15. With the bases loaded, Tenaglia’s walk drove in Ty McFarland as JMU knotted up the score.
In the top of the ninth, the Dukes took a 19-16 lead after pushing across three runs. With one out and a runner third, McFarland connected on a home run over the right field wall as the Dukes went ahead, 18-16. Four batters later, Goss drove in the Dukes’ 19th run of the contest on a single through the right side.