WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary baseball team used a nine-run bottom of the sixth inning to catapult itself to a 15-6 victory over UMBC on Saturday afternoon at Plumeri Park. With the win, W&M takes the three-game series, and will have a chance to sweep on Sunday. The Tribe improves to 5-4 overall, while UMBC drops to 0-2.
The Tribe opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, senior Ryan Lindemuth reached after getting hit by a pitch, advancing to second on a stolen base. The next batter, junior Michael Katz roped a double off of the left field wall, scoring Lindemuth.
UMBC threatened in the top of the second inning. Anthony Gatto led off the inning with a double to center field, putting him scoring position. After an out, Manny Colon singled to right field, but junior Nick Thompson fired home and was able to Gatto trying to score.
Again, the Retrievers had a chance to score in the top of the third inning. Hunter Dolshun reached on a wild pitch after a strikeout, advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Kevin Lachance singled, but Katz gunned down Dolshun at the plate, ending the inning.
William and Mary tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning. Thompson led off the inning by getting hit by pitch, moving to third on a single by senior Willie Shaw. The next batter, Lindemuth hit into a fielder’s choice, but brought home Thompson. After a single by Katz, senior Kevin Nutter singled, brining home Lindemuth and giving the Tribe a 3-0 advantage.
UMBC struck for four runs in the top of the sixth inning sparked by five straight hits. Vince Corbi, Lachance, and Gatto all singled loading the bases. A single from Jake Barnes plated the Retriever’s first run. The next batter, Colon doubled down the right field line, clearing the bases and giving UMBC a 4-3 lead.
The Tribe stormed right back and scored nine runs, brining 12 men to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning. Senior Kevin Casey hit two doubles in the inning to spark the rally. Senior Derek Lowe (2), Thompson, Nutter, and Casey (2) all had RBIs during the inning.
W&M added on three more runs in the home half of seventh inning. A single from Shaw and a double from Lindemuth put runners on second and third with one-out. The next batter, Katz, belted a home run to straight away center field, putting the Tribe up 15-4. It was the fifth home run of the season for Katz.
UMBC responded with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning. A two-run home run by Casali provided the scoring and cut the Tribe lead to 15-6.
Freshman Nick Brown earned his first career win for the Tribe. He pitched three innings allowing three runs (one earned), fanning three batters. Riley Stephenson was charged with his first loss of the season. Freshman John Yoest made his career debut, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
Senior John Sheehan made his second start of the season for the Green and Gold, but did not factor in the decision. He went five innings, scattered seven hits, gave up three runs, and struck out three.
The Tribe and Retrievers conclude their three-game series tomorrow, Sunday, March 2 at 1 p.m at Plumeri Park. William and Mary then hits the road for five straight games, starting at Longwood on Tuesday, March 4 at 4 p.m.