BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The William and Mary baseball team split a Saturday doubleheader at Campbell. The Tribe took game one, 7-6, before falling, 2-1, in game two. With the results the Tribe’s overall record is now 8-5, while Campbell’s record is now 11-4.
In game one, William and Mary started the scoring with four runs in the top of the third inning. Gould started the inning with a single, followed by senior Derek Lowe reaching on an error, and freshman Tim Hoehn drawing a walk, loading the bases. Thompson singled, bringing in the game’s first run. After a double play, senior Ryan Lindemuth hit a three-run home run over the left field fence, giving the Tribe a 4-0 lead.
Campbell tied the game in the bottom of sixth inning. Kyle Leady singled to left field to start the inning, and Elijah Trail followed by getting hit by pitch. With two-outs, Matt Parrish singled to left field, bringing home Campbell’s first run. Will Alberston followed with a walk, loading the bases. The next batter, Sam Rector reached on a throwing error, bringing home two more runs. The final run of the inning came in on a single from John Reilly.
The Tribe wasted little time and struck for three more runs, regaining the lead in the top of the seventh inning. Thompson led off the inning with a single, followed by a one-out walk by Lindemuth. The next batter, junior Michael Katz singled to center field, scoring both Thompson and Lindemuth. Katz was able to advance to third on an error on the play. Senior Kevin Nutter followed with a single to right field for the final run of the inning.
The Camels added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but that is as close as they were able to bring the score. Steven Leonard led off the inning with a double to left field. Matt Nadoliski singled to right field, with two outs, plating Leonard. Albertson brought home Nadolski on a single to left field.
Junior Jason Inghram earned his fourth quality start of the season, pitching 6.2 innings allowing six runs (three earned), and a strike out. He earned his second win of the season. Sophomore Joseph Gaouette came in and pitched 1.1 innings allowing two hits and a strikeout, bridging the gap to senior Kevin Casey, who earned his second save, throwing a perfect ninth inning.
In game two, William and Mary jumped out to an early lead again, scoring a run in the first inning. Thompson led off the inning with a double. Casey followed suite with a double, scoring Thompson for the 1-0 lead.
Campbell scored two runs in the bottom off the sixth inning, taking a 2-1 lead. Trail led off the inning with walk, moving to third on a double by Albertson. The next batter, Rector, grounded out allowing Trail to score. Kyle Prats singled down the left field line bringing home Albertson, giving the Camels a 2-1 lead.
William and Mary threatened in the top of the ninth inning, but couldn’t get the tying run across. Gould led off the inning with a double, but Campbell’s Ryan Thompson retired the next three Tribe batters in a row.
Senior John Sheehan made the start for the Tribe going six innings with four hits and two runs, and three strikeouts. He was saddled with his second loss of the season. Freshman Daniel Powers went the final two innings, not allowing a hit. Ryan Koopman earned the win for the Camels, while Thompson earned the save.
The College and Campbell conclude their three-game series tomorrow, Sunday March 9, at 2 p.m. William and Mary returns home for a season-long 10-game home stand on Tuesday, March 11 starting with Radford. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.