HARRISONBURG, Va. – The William and Mary baseball team defeated Northeastern, 12-4, in game nine of the 2013 CAA Baseball Tournament as it clinches a spot in the championship finals against Towson. With the contest tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth, junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth drove in the go ahead runs with a three-run home run to right field. The win not only clinches the Tribe’s spot in the championship round but it also ties a school record for victories with 37. W&M will be making its first appearance in the tournament finale since winning the championship in 2001. The Green and Gold is now 37-21 overall, while Northeastern finishes the season with a mark of 31-26.
The Tribe returns to action this afternoon in the championship round as it squares off against Towson at 4:15 p.m. To claim the program’s second CAA Tournament title, the Green and Gold will need to defeat the Tigers twice. A win against the Tigers this afternoon forces a deciding game that will be contested on Sunday, May 26, at 1 p.m.
Lindemuth led the way at the plate with a 2-for-4 effort, which included three RBIs and a run scored. Freshman catcher Ryan Hissey tallied two RBIs, a hit and a run scored in four at bats, while sophomore first baseman Michael Katz went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Senior right fielder Derke Lowe led the Tribe with three hits in five plate appearances. He finished the contest with an RBI and a run scored.
On the mound, senior RHP John Farrell (11-2) picked up the win after six solid innings of work. The Andover, Mass., native scattered seven hits and allowed four runs in 27 batters faced. Senior LHP Matt Wainman picked up his eighth save of the year after pitching three innings of relief.
Northeastern jumped out the early advantage on Saturday afternoon after plating two runs in the top half of the first. The Huskies pushed across both runs on sacrifice fly outs courtesy of Rob Fonseca and Michael Foster.
In the bottom of the second, the Green and Gold threatened with a two-out rally as it was poised to strike after loading the bases. The bases became loaded after a Sarty single, a Williams walk and an infield single from Lowe. Brown followed and sent a liner down the third base line that looked destined to tie the contest at 2-2, but NU’s Pete Castoldi was there to make the snag.
W&M tied the contest after pushing across a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. Shaw sparked the two-run frame with a lead off single through the left side. The Yorba Linda, Calif., native went on to score the Tribe’s first run of the contest after Hissey’s RBI single to center field. Shaver knotted the score up at 2-2 with a sacrifice fly out to center field, which pushed across Katz, who reached base earlier in the inning on a walk.
The Tribe took a 4-2 lead after posting a two-spot in the bottom of the fourth. For the third time of the contest, W&M led an inning off with a hit as Lowe got things churning with a single up the middle. After Brown followed with a bunt single, Katz plated the pair with a double that dropped over the NU center fielder’s head as W&M took a two-run advantage.
The Huskies countered and tied the contest at 4-4 after Fonseca connected on a two-run home over the right field wall, which plated Jason Vosler, who led the frame off with a single up the middle.
With one swing of the bat, the Green and Gold surged ahead by the count of 7-4 in the sixth. After Brown and Shaw led the frame off with a walk and a NU fielding error, Lindemuth smashed his 10th career home run and second of the tournament over the right field wall as W&M regained a three-run advantage.
W&M tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the seven as Shaver scored from third on an infield ground out double play. The Williamsburg, Va., native led the inning off with a ground-rule double to right center field.
The Green and Gold put the contest out reach after a four-spot in the bottom of the eighth as its advantage swelled to the final count of 12-4. Wainman secured the victory and the save after retiring the NU side in order in the ninth.