RALEIGH, N.C. – The William and Mary baseball team opened its 2013 NCAA Tournament in the Raleigh Regional with a milestone victory over No. 23-ranked Ole Miss, 4-2, on Friday afternoon at Doak Field. W&M’s victory over the Rebels marked the Tribe’s first ever NCAA Tournament win as it also set a new single-season school record with 38 wins. A four-run fifth inning propelled the Tribe past the Rebels as W&M plated all four of its runs with two outs. For the year, the Green and Gold improves to 38-22, while Ole Miss falls to 37-23.
Sophomore LHP Jason Inghram (9-6) turned in an impressive performance en route to picking up is ninth win of the season. The Chesapeake, Va., native worked eight innings in which he allowed only two earned runs on eight hits to go along with three strikeouts and just one walk. Senior LHP Matt Wainman moved into a tie for second in the Tribe’s single-season save record as he earned his ninth save of the season after working the ninth inning.
At the plate, junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth and freshman catcher Ryan Hissey led the way with an RBI apiece, both on bases loaded walks. Sophomore first baseman Michael Katz went 2-for-3 with a run scored, while freshman left fielder Jonathan Sarty also connected on two hits in five at-bats. Senior center fielder Ryan Brown scored once and registered a hit, while senior left fielder Derek Lowe scored W&M’s first run of the contest. Seniors Ryan Williams and Jackson Shaver rounded out the offensive output with a hit each.
The opening four innings of play were highlighted by each starting pitcher. Inghram and Ole Miss’ RHP Mike Mayers held the opposing bats to three hits apiece as Inghram retired the Mississippi side in order in the bottom of the third.
However, the Green and Gold initiated the scoring with four two-out runs in the top of the fifth. With one out, Lowe reached base after an Ole Miss fielding error and later advanced to third following a Brown walk and Shaw’s infield groundout. Katz followed and loaded the bases with a base on balls. Lindemuth and Hissey proceeded to give W&M a 2-0 lead after back-to-back bases loaded walks. The Tribe took a 4-0 advantage after Sarty’s sharp hit grounder, which went through the legs of the Ole Miss third baseman, brought around Katz and Lindemuth.
Ole Miss got on the scoreboard with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Senior third baseman Andrew Mistone led the frame off with a single to right field and made it all the way to third on sophomore center fielder Auston Bousfield’s double down the left field line. Mistone plated Mississippi’s first run of the afternoon on junior designated hitter Will Allen’s RBI groundout to short.
In the bottom half of the seventh, the Rebels cut the deficit to 4-2 on junior catcher Stuart Turner’s RBI sacrifice fly out to center field.
After eight terrific innings from Inghram, Wainman was called upon to close out the contest. The Woodbridge, Va., native made quick work of the frame’s first two outs with consecutive infield groundouts. Ole Miss made things interesting after an infield single and HBP as the go-ahead run stepped to the plate. However, Wainman secured the victory with a fly out to left field.
The Tribe returns to action tomorrow night at 7 p.m., as it will face the winner of N.C. State and Binghamton. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats. Additionally, ESPN will stream the contest live on ESPN3.