Juniors Michael Katz and Nick Thompson led the Tribe on the day, each collecting four hits over the two games. Senior Ryan Lindemuth added three hits, including a pair of homers during the doubleheader.
In game one, Delaware opened the scoring with a run in the first inning. With two outs, Norm Donkin started the rally with a single into center field, moving to second on a stolen base. After a walk, Doug Trimble singled into right-center field scoring Donkin, giving the Blue Hens a 1-0 lead.
William and Mary tied the game with a run in the bottom of the third inning. Sophomore Josh Smith singled through the left side, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Derek Lowe. The next batter, freshman Tim Hoehn doubled to the right-center field wall, brining home Smith, tying the score 1-1.
The Blue Hens regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning. With two outs, Ryan Hartley hit a solo home run over the left field wall, giving Delaware a 2-1 advantage.
W&M quickly retied the game with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out, Katz started the rally with a single, moving to second on a throwing error. After an out, sophomore Charley Gould singled into right field brining home Katz and tying the score at 2-2.
Delaware took its third lead of the game in the top of the fifth inning with a run. EJ Stoltzfus led off the inning with a walk, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ty Warrington. The next batter, Joe Giacchino singled into right-centerfield giving the Hens a 3-2 lead.
Once again, the Tribe responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, taking its first lead of the game. Lowe led off the inning with a walk, moving to third on an errant pickoff attempt. After an out, Thompson singled into shallow left field, tying the score. The Blue Hens recorded the second out of the inning, but Lindemuth belted a two-run homer over the left-center field wall, giving the Tribe a 5-3 advantage.
The Blue Hens fought back and rallied for a run in the top of the ninth inning. Zach Lopes led off the inning with a single starting the rally. Alex Mottle followed with a double to the center field wall scoring Lopes. However, senior closer Kevin Casey settled and recorded the final three outs of the game for the Tribe, giving the Green and Gold the 5-4 win.
Junior Jason Inghram tossed 7.1 innings in the start for the Tribe. He scattered five hits, three runs, and five strikeouts in his fifth win of the season. Sophomore Joseph Gaouette came on to pitch 0.2 innings, getting a key double play. Casey closed out the game for the Green and Gold, earning his fourth save of the season. Delaware’s Dan Gatto pitched a complete game, allowing five runs (four earned) in the loss.
In game two, Delaware struck first again, with a run in the first inning. With two outs, Donkin doubled, moving to third on an infield single from Lopes. The following batter Mottle singled through to center field, scoring Donkin and giving the Hens an early 1-0 lead.
The Blue Hens added four runs in the top of the third inning. With one out, Stoltzfus hit a solo-homer over the right field wall to start the rally. Donkin followed with a single through the left side, moving to second on a stolen base. Lopes then doubled into left field brining home Donkin. Mottle followed suite with another double to left, trading places with Lopes. The final run of the inning came home on an RBI single from Jake Clarke, giving Delaware a 5-0 advantage.
William and Mary struck for four runs in the bottom of the third inning. Thompson led off the frame with a double, and Casey followed with a walk. After an out, Katz singled through the right side, scoring Thompson. The next batter, senior Kevin Nutter singled into center, loading the bases. A Blue Hen error allowed for two more Tribe runs to come home. The final run of the rally was scored on a sacrifice fly from Smith.
The Green and Gold regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Hoehn singled to start the inning for the Tribe. The next batter, Thompson blasted a homer over the left-center field wall, giving the Tribe a 6-5 lead. W&M continued the rally with back-to-back singles from Casey and Lindemuth. After an out, Nutter was hit by a pitch loading the bases. Junior Devin White singled scoring a pair of runs. A single from Smith brought home Nutter, which was the fifth Tribe run of the inning. An error allowed for the Tribe’s sixth run of the inning to score. The final run came around on an RBI single from Hoehn, giving the Tribe an 11-5 advantage.
W&M followed with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lindemuth and Katz belted back-to-back jacks to give the Tribe a 13-5 lead.
Delaware didn’t go away and struck for five runs in the top of the seventh inning. Dokin led the off the inning with a walk, moving to second on a one-out single from Mottle. Hartley followed with a walk loading the bases. A single from Clarke brought in two runs. A single into shallow right field by Warrington reloaded the bases. Travelini followed with a double to bring in two more runs. The final Blue Hen run of the inning came on an RBI ground out by Giacchino, making the score 13-10.
Sophomore Aaron Fernandez threw four innings of relief, scattering seven hits, four runs, earning his second victory of the season. Freshman Nick Brown and Gaouette each pitched an inning of scoreless relief, while Gaouette was credited with his first save of the season.
The Tribe scored in double-figures for the 10th time this season with the 13-runs in game two. W&M holds a 9-1 record when scoring double-figures this year.
William and Mary and Delaware conclude their three-game series on Sunday, March 30 at Plumeri Park. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. The Green and Gold then hit the road for a pair of mid-week games starting at Richmond on April 1.