WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary baseball team slugged 20-hits for the second game in a row on its way to a 16-4 victory over Brown on Saturday night at Plumeri Park. Junior Michael Katz led the offensive outburst with three hits and five RBIs. With the win, the Tribe moves to 16-6 on the season, while the Bears fall to 2-6 overall.
Katz finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 with two walks and five RBIs. Seniors Kevin Nutter and Derek Lowe as well as junior Devin White also finished the game with three hits apiece. All nine of the Tribe’s starters collected at-least one hit in the game.
The Tribe got on the scoreboard in the first inning for the 10th straight game with a pair of runs. With one-out, senior Kevin Casey doubled down the right field line, moving to third on a wild pitch. Senior Ryan Lindemuth sent a line-drive to center field, but it was deep enough to score Casey from third on a sacrifice fly. The next batter, Katz, belted a home run over the right-center field wall, giving the Tribe a 2-0 lead. It was the 12th home run of the season for Katz.
W&M added four runs in the bottom of the second inning. Freshman Tim Hoehn sandwiched a single around walks from Lowe and junior Nick Thompson, loading the bases. The next batter, Casey sent a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Lowe. Lindemuth reloaded the bases with one out, when he was hit by a pitch. Katz crushed a double to the right-center field wall, clearing the bases and giving the Tribe a 6-0 lead.
The Green and Gold struck for three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Hoehn led off the frame with a walk, moving to second on a single from Thompson. After two outs were recorded, Katz was intentionally walked, loading the bases. Nutter singled back up the middle, scoring both Hoehn and Thompson. The next batter, White doubled to left, scoring Katz and giving the Tribe a 9-0 lead.
Brown scored a run in the top of the fifth inning. Marc Sredojevic led off the inning with a single, advancing to third on a double from Tim McKeithan. The next batter, Robert Henry walked, loading the bases. Senior starting pitcher John Sheehan got J.J. Franco to ground into a 6-4-3 double play that scored a run and cut the lead to 9-1. Sheehan settled and got the final out of the inning, stranding runners on the corners.
The College got the run back in the bottom of the fifth inning. Casey led off the inning with a double to center field, moving to third on a passed ball. A one-out, sacrifice fly by Katz gave the Tribe a 10-1 lead.
Brown added three runs in the top of the seventh inning. McKeithan led off the inning with a single, moving to second when Henry reached on an error. The Bears loaded the bases when Franco walked. The next batter, Dan Kerr walked, brining home McKeithan. Henry came around to score on a Tribe error on the next play. The final run of the inning scored when Daniel Massey grounded into a fielder’s choice, cutting the Tribe lead to 10-4.
The Tribe added a run in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out, Katz started the rally with a single up the middle, moving to second when Nutter was hit by a pitch. The next better, White doubled down the left field line, brining in Katz, and giving the Tribe an 11-4 lead.
William and Mary scored five more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Hoehn led off the inning with a single, moving to third on a single from Thompson, who moved to second on the throw to third. Casey followed with a walk, loading the bases. Lindemuth followed with a single to left field, scoring Hoehn. A wild pitch allowed Thompson to come around to score. Katz reloaded the bases when he was intentionally walked. Nutter and White followed with back-to-back singles brining in two more runs. Lowe drove in the final run of the inning with a single, his third hit of the game.
Sheehan finished the game tossing six-plus innings, scattering six hits, four runs (two earned), with four strikeouts. The senior evened his record at 2-2 with the win. Sophomores Aaron Fernandez and Joseph Gaouette as well as freshman John Yoest combined to throw the finial three innings of the game out of the Tribe bullpen, not allowing a run. Lucas Whitehill, who made the start for Brown, was charged with his first loss of the season.
The Tribe, which picked up 20 hits today, has had 20, or more, hits for the fifth time in a game this season. In its last five weekend games (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) the Tribe has scored a combined 81 runs. William and Mary has also now won three games by the score of 16-4. It was also the eighth time this season the College has scored double-figure runs.
William and Mary and Brown conclude their brief two-game series on Monday, March 24 with a 7 p.m. first pitch at Plumeri Park. The Tribe then welcomes in-state rival VMI to conclude its season-long 10-game home stand on Tuesday, March 25. First pitch for that contest is set for 7 p.m.