Aker was efficient over 7.1 innings, allowing just two runs on three hits, while striking out five to even his season record at 1-1. Offensively, all but one W&M regular registered a hit as the Tribe finished with 11, including four of the extra-base variety. Senior Kevin Nutter, junior Michael Katz and sophomore Charley Gould led a balanced offensive attack with two hits apiece. Nutter drove in a pair of runs and scored a pair on two doubles, while Katz and Gould scored a run and also tallied an RBI apiece.
The Tribe pushed across four runs in the bottom of the opening inning. Senior Willie Shaw doubled inside the third-base bag down line to start things off. With two down, Katz reached on a hot shot to third-base, before Nutter doubled down the right field line to bring around the first two Tribe runs. After he came home on a UMBC error, Gould drove home the Green and Gold’s fourth and final run of the inning with a single up the middle.
For the second time in as many at bats, Nutter doubled this time to the left-center field gap in leading off the third inning. He moved up to third on a fly ball to right field and scored on a Derek Lowe bouncing ball to the right side of the infield with two outs. Lowe legged out the infield hit to drive in the run as he beat UMBC pitcher Joe Vanderplas to the bag on the play.
The Green and Gold pushed the lead to 6-0 in the seventh inning on a Katz double. With two outs, senior Ryan Lindemuth was hit was a pitch. Katz then drove a Bobby Applegate offering into the left-field corner to plate Lindemuth.
UMBC finally got on the board in the top of the eighth thanks to a home run from Manny Colon, but Tribe sophomore Joseph Gaouette came out of the bullpen and induce an inning-ending double-play ground ball. Freshman Tim Hoehn fielded a D.J. Smith grounder up the middle, stepped on the bag and fired to first to end the frame. Earlier in the inning, senior third basemen Kevin Casey robbed UMBC's Andrew Casali of extra bases with a driving play to his right, before firing across the diamond to get the Retriever centerfielder.
The Tribe responded with one in the bottom of the frame to push the lead to 7-2. Gould started things off with a line-drive single to center followed by a Lowe walk. The Tribe runners moved up a base on a wild pitch and Gould trotted home for the Green and Gold’s seventh run of the game on the second wild pitch of the frame. Casey pitched the ninth, striking out the final batter of the game to cement the Tribe sweep.
W&M hits the road to kick off a five-game road swing, beginning on Tuesday afternoon at Longwood. First pitch is schedule for 4 p.m. from Farmville, Va. The Green and Gold will then trek to ACC counterpart Virginia Tech on Wednesday, March 5, at 5:30 p.m., before heading to Campbell for a three-game road set, March 7-9.