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Baseball Slugs its Way to Fifth Straight Victory
Updated: Wednesday 03/15/2014 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary baseball team slugged its way to its fifth straight victory with a 16-4 win against Iona at Plumeri Park on Saturday afternoon. The Tribe scored in double-figures for the third straight game and for the fifth time this season. With the win, the Green and Gold improves to 13-5, while Iona drops to 1-7.

Junior Michael Katz paced the Tribe offense, collecting four hits, including his team-high ninth home run of the season. Junior Devin White (three RBIs) and sophomore Josh Smith both had three hits in the victory.

For the sixth straight game the Tribe plated a run in the first inning, scoring two runs. Junior Nick Thompson led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. After an out, senior Ryan Lindemuth tripled off the centerfield wall, scoring Thompson. Katz followed with a single into left-centerfield, brining in the second run of the inning.

Iona responded with a pair of runs to tie the game in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Travis Mistretta was hit by a pitch putting the first runner on bases for the Gaels. The next batter, Carmine Palummo belted a two-run homer to straight away centerfield, tying the score 2-2.

William and Mary regained the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Lindemuth led off the frame with a single to left field, moving to third on a wild pitch. The next batter, Katz singled to centerfield, plating Lindemuth. After an out, White doubled to the centerfield wall, brining home Katz all the way from first. Smith was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second. The next batter, senior Derek Lowe singled into right field, scoring White. 

The Tribe plated six more runs in the home half fourth. Senior Kevin Casey led off the inning with a single. After an out, Katz belted a double off the top of the right-centerfield wall, scoring Casey. The next batter, senior Kevin Nutter singled, putting runners on the corners. White followed with a double down the right field line that cleared the bases. Smith singled in the infield, putting runners on the corners. Lowe singled, to bring home the fourth run of the frame. Thompson followed with a ground out, but was able to plate Smith. The final run of the inning came in on a passed ball, giving the Tribe a 11-2 lead.

W&M added five more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Freshman Ryder Miconi led off the inning with a walk. The next batter, Katz belted his ninth home run of the season over the left field wall. Nutter followed with a double, moving to third on a single from Smith.  The next batter Porter Reinhart, doubled home Nutter and put runners on second and third. Smith came around to score on a wild pitch, while Reinhart scored on a fielding error.

The Gaels responded with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning. A single from Bobby Vitulano followed by back-to-back walks from Tyler Bruno and Joe Torres loaded the bases. The next batter, Vinny DeMaria singled on the infield, plating Vitulano. After an out, Bruno scored on an RBI groundout by Christian Choman.

Senior John Sheehan tossed six innings, scattering two runs on two hits, while striking out four batters, in his first win of the season. Freshman Nick Brown and junior Sean Rutherford each pitched a pair of scoreless innings with two strikeouts in relief. Iona’s starting pitcher, Mariano Rivera, was tabbed with the loss.

The College and Iona conclude their three-game series tomorrow, Sunday, March 16 at 12 p.m. The game has been moved up an hour due to impending weather in the area. William and Mary continues its 10-game home stand on Wednesday, March 19 when they welcome Longwood to Plumeri Park. First pitch is schedule for 7 p.m.

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