WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Sophomores Mitchell Aker and Joseph Gaouette as well as senior Kevin Casey combined to throw a four-hit shutout, as the William and Mary baseball completed the three-game sweep of Iona with a 1-0 victory on Sunday afternoon at Plumeri Park. It was the second shutout of the season for the Tribe pitching staff. With the win, W&M improves to 14-5 overall, while Iona drops to 1-8 on the season.
Aker made his fifth start of the season, pitching seven shutout innings, while allowing just three hits. He struck out seven batters, while walking just one. For the entire game only one Iona runner reached third base.
William and Mary scored a run in the first inning for the seventh straight game, picking up one today. Casey walked, moving to second on a wild pitch. After an infield single by Lindemuth, Katz singled into to left field, scoring Casey and giving the Tribe a 1-0 lead.
Iona’s best chance of the game came in top of the second inning. Carmine Choman led off the inning with a double to right field. With two-outs, Tyler Bruno walked and Kyle DiVico hit an infield single, loading the bases. Aker was able to settle and strikeout the next batter, ending threat.
The Tribe added its second run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Freshman Porter Reinhart reached on an error, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by classmate Tim Hoehn. After another Iona error put runners on the corners, Casey hit a fly ball to left field, but it was deep enough for a sacrifice fly.
Gaouette came on in relief in the top of the eighth inning. He pitched a scoreless frame picking up a pair of strikeouts. Casey came on to work the ninth inning for the Tribe, also striking out a pair of batters.
Aker earned his third win of the season for the Tribe, while Casey picked up save number three on the season. The loss was charged to Iona’s starting pitcher Bill Maier, who tossed seven innings, scattered six hits, and allowed only one earned run.
William and Mary continues its 10-game home stand with a mid-week game against Longwood on Wednesday, March 19. First pitch of the game is set for 7 p.m.