For the second straight week, junior starting pitcher Jason Inghram was strong for the Tribe. The southpaw tossed 8.0 innings, allowed two runs, while striking out eight Panthers. However, he did not factor in the decision.
High Point’s first chance came in the bottom of the fourth inning. After the Panthers loaded the bases with nobody out, Inghram settled and struck out the next three batters, ending the inning.
William and Mary opened the scoring in the top of the sixth inning. Junior Nick Thompson led off the inning with by getting hit by a pitch. Lindemuth, who was next, belted a home run over the left field wall, putting the Tribe up 2-0.
The Panthers cut W&M’s lead in half in the home half of the sixth inning. Jordan Spano opened the inning with a double, advancing to third on an errant pickoff attempt. The next batter, Spencer Angelis grounded out to second, but allowed Spano to score from third.
High Point knotted the score in the home half of the seventh inning. With one out, Kyle Brandenburg doubled into the left center field gap, advancing to third on a groundout. With two men retired, Brandenburg was able to score on a wild pitch, tying the score 2-2.
The Tribe scored two more runs in the top of tenth inning to secure the victory. Senior Kevin Nutter led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Thompson. Lindemuth followed with his second two-run homer to left field, giving the Tribe a 4-2 lead.
High Point went three up and three down, including a game ending strikeout in its half of the 10th inning.
Sophomore Joseph Gaouette picked up his first win of the season after pitching a scoreless bottom of the ninth inning for the Tribe. High Point’s John Maloney was charged with his first loss of the season. Senior Kevin Casey was credited with W&M’s first save of the season. Casey tossed a perfect bottom of the 10th, striking out a batter.
It was the first multi-home run in Lindemuth’s career, and the second multi-home run game of the season for the Tribe. Junior Michael Katz hit two home runs against Army on Feb. 16. Lindemuth and Nutter were the only Tribe players with multi-hit games on the night.
William and Mary and High Point continue its three-game series tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 22, before it concludes on Sunday, Feb. 23. Both first pitches are set for 1 p.m.