BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The William and Mary baseball team set a new season-high with 24 hits and scored in all but two innings, as they rolled Campbell 19-7 on Sunday afternoon to win the series. Junior Nick Thompson finished the day with five hits, while sophomore Charley Gould and freshman Tim Hoehn each collected four hits to lead the Tribe. With the win, W&M improves to 9-5 on the season, while Campbell drops to 11-4.
For the second straight game, William and Mary scored in the first inning, striking for three runs. Thompson led off the game with a double, moving to third on a one out fielder’s choice that allowed senior Ryan Lindemuth to reach. An error on Campbell allowed both Thompson and Lindemuth to score, and allowed junior Michael Katz to reach second base. The next batter, Gould, singled through the left side, scoring Katz and giving the Tribe a 3-0 lead.
The Tribe picked up where they left off in the top of the second inning. Senior Derek Lowe led off the inning with an infield single. The next batter, doubled down the left field line, plating Lowe. Hoehn advanced to third on a passed ball, and later came around to score when Thompson grounded out. With one out, senior Kevin Nutter and Lindemuth reached on back-to-back hits. After an out, Gould singled to left field, bringing home Nutter, giving the Tribe a 6-0 lead.
William and Mary used a two-out rally to add to its lead in the top of the third inning. Hoehn started with a single, moving to second when Thompson was hit by a pitch. Nutter followed with a double to left field, scoring Hoehn. Thompson came around to score on a wild pitch that gave the Tribe an 8-0 advantage.
Campbell got on the scoreboard in the home half of the third inning with a run. Kyle Prats was hit by pitch to lead off the inning, moving to second on a single by John Reilly. After an out Steven Leonard doubled down the left field line, bringing home Prats. With one out, Campbell had the bases loaded, but sophomore Mitchell Aker settled to get the final two outs of the frame.
The Green and Gold responded right away adding two more runs in the top of the fourth inning. Gould, senior Kevin Casey, and sophomore Josh Smith all singled, loading the bases. With one out, Hoehn sent a fly ball to center field that was deep enough for a sacrifice fly, scoring Gould. Thompson followed with an infield single that brought home Casey, giving the Tribe a 10-1 lead.
William and Mary struck for four more runs in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, Hoehn started the rally with a triple. He came around to score on a single from Thompson, who moved to second on a single from Lindemuth. Katz followed with a single to left field that was misplayed, allowing both Thompson and Lindemuth to score. The final run of the inning came when Katz scored on a wild pitch.
The Camels responded with two runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning. Will Alberston led off of the inning by getting hit by a pitch. The next batter, Matt Nadolski hit a home run over the right field fence, cutting the College’s lead to 14-3.
W&M added another run in the top of the seventh inning. With one-out, Lowe drew a walk, Hoehn and Thompson each singled, loading the bases. Nutter followed a sacrifice fly to give the Tribe a 15-3 lead.
Campbell, which didn’t go away, scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Kyle Leady led off the inning with a walk, coming around to score on a triple by Albertson. Albertson came around to score on a double from Aaron Vogt. Sam Rector followed with a single, bringing in Vogt. The final run of the frame came in on a single from Clayton Brown.
The College responded with four runs in the top of the eighth inning. Katz led off of the inning with a single, moving to second on a single from Gould. After an out, Smith was hit by a pitch that loaded the bases. Lowe was also walked that brought home Katz. The next batter, Hoehn sent a sacrifice fly to left field, brining home Gould. Thompson followed with a single up the middle, plating Smith. An error by Campbell allowed for the Tribe to score its fourth run of the inning, and gave the Tribe a 19-7 lead.
Aker made the start for the Tribe pitching 6.0 innings, allowing seven hits, three runs, while fanning three batters. Aker was credited for his second win of the season. Freshman Daniel Powers pitched 1.2 innings, scattering three hits, while sophomore Aaron Fernandez pitched a scoreless ninth inning picking up a strikeout. Campbell’s Andrew Witczack was charged with his first loss of the season.
Thompson finished the day with four RBIs to go along with his five hits. Hoehn collected three RBIs in his 4-for-4 day.
The College opens a season-long 10-game home stand at Plumeri Park on Tuesday, March 11 when they welcome in-state rival Radford. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.