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Offense Fuels Baseball to 16-4 Win Over UMass Lowell
Updated: Tuesday 03/21/2014 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary baseball team collected 22 hits and scored in all but one inning on its way to a 16-4 victory over UMass Lowell on Friday night at Plumeri Park. Junior Michael Katz tied a school record (for the second time this season) with a pair of home runs, while he drove in five runs on the night. With the win, the Tribe improves to 15-6 overall, while the River Hawks fall to 8-4.

Katz finished the game with four hits, while freshman Tim Hoehn finished the game a perfect 4-for-4 with three doubles, three RBIs, and two runs scored. Junior Nick Thompson collected three hits, a home run and two RBIs.

For the ninth straight game William and Mary scored a run in the first inning, plating a pair of runs tonight. With two-outs, senior Ryan Lindemuth started the rally with a double to the left-centerfield wall. Katz followed with a blast over the left-centerfield wall, giving the Tribe a 2-0 lead. The homer, was the 10th of the season for Katz.

Another two-out rally provided a Tribe run in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs, senior Derek Lowe singled back up the middle, starting the threat. The next batter, Hoehn doubled to the rightfield wall, scoring Lowe all the way from first. The tally gave the Green and Gold a 3-0 advantage.

The Tribe struck for two more runs in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, Lindemuth reached on a walk, moving on third on a single from Katz. Lindemuth scored on a single to centerfield by senior Kevin Nutter. On an error on the single, Katz was able to reach third base. The next batter, sophomore Charley Gould singled down the rightfield line, scoring Katz and put the Tribe up 5-2.

UMass Lowell scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Joe Consolmango led off the inning with a walk, starting the rally. The next batter, Danny Medick homered over the leftfield wall. Matthew Sanchez followed with a single, moving to second on a groundout. An infield single by Matt Mottola put runners on the corners with one-out. After an out, Ian Strom hit an infield single to shortstop, plating Sanchez and cutting the Tribe’s lead to 5-3.

William and Mary responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Hoehn led of the inning with a single, moving to third on a single by Thompson. The next batter, senior Kevin Casey grounded into a fielder’s choice, scoring Hoehn. On the play, Casey moved to second on a throwing error. Casey came around to score on a two-out single by Katz.

The Green and Gold scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning. Gould led off the inning with a double down the leftfield line, moving to third on a fly out. The next batter, Lowe singled, plating Gould. Hoehn doubled down the leftfield line, scoring Lowe all the way from first, and giving the Tribe a 9-3 advantage.

UMass Lowell added a run in the top of the sixth inning. Jimmy Ricoy led off the inning with a double, starting the rally. Ricoy came around to score on a line drive single to left-centerfield by Strom. The run made the score 9-4.

The College added five more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Katz’ second homer of the game led off the inning. After an out, Gould and Smith hit back-to-back doubles, scoring a run. Another out was recorded, but Hoehn followed with the third double of the inning, plating Smith. The final two runs came around on a homer from Thompson. It was the fifth homer of the season for the junior.

William and Mary scored its final two runs of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning. Smith led off the inning with a double, and back-to-back walks, loaded the bases. Freshman Ryder Miconi followed with a one-out single plating Smith. The final run of the game for the Tribe came around on a Katz walk.

Junior Jason Inghram made the start for the Tribe. In his fourth victory of the season, he tossed seven innings, allowing nine hits, four runs, while striking out a season-high nine batters. Freshman Daniel Powers and junior J.T. Castner each pitched scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth, respectively. The loss was charged to Christian Lavoie, who made the start for the River Hawks.

William and Mary returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, March 22, when they welcome Brown to Plumeri Park for a 5 p.m. first pitch. The teams will then square off on Monday, March 24 at 7 p.m.

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