HARRISONBURG, Va. – The William and Mary baseball team’s offense came alive, scoring 24 runs on 23 hits in a 24-6 series finale victory at James Madison on Sunday afternoon. With the win the Tribe won its third straight Colonial Athletic Association weekend series. The Green and Gold improves to 22-13, 6-2 in the CAA, while James Madison drops to 12-21, 4-4 in league action.
William and Mary exploded for six runs in the top of the first inning. With one out, junior Nick Thompson (walk), Katz (single), as well as senior Ryan Lindemuth (walk) reached, loading the bases. A single from Hissey allowed for a run to score, but a James Madison error allowed for both Katz and Lindemuth to come across. The next batter, sophomore Charley Gould grounded out, but it was able to score Hissey. With two outs, senior Kevin Casey singled into center field, and Hoehn walked resetting the rally. Senior Derek Lowe followed suite with a single to right center, brining around Casey. The final run of the inning came around on an RBI single from senior Kevin Nutter, giving the Tribe a 6-0 lead.
James Madison got a run in the bottom of the second inning. Bobby San Martin led off the inning with a homer, cutting the Tribe lead to 6-1.
The Tribe came back and plated seven more runs in the top of the third inning. Casey led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch, moving to third on a double by Hoehn. Lowe followed with a single to center, scoring Casey. Hoehn scored the second run of the inning, on a wild pitch. With the bases loaded, Katz doubled to left center field, clearing the bases. An RBI single from Hissey brought around Katz, giving the Tribe a 12-1 lead. The final run of the frame, came around when Casey reached on a fielder’s choice, giving the Tribe a 13-1 lead.
JMU scored another run in the home half of the third inning. With two outs, Tyler Gregory homered over the right center field wall, cutting the W&M lead, 13-2.
The Dukes came back with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two outs, three consecutive JMU batters singled, loading the bases. A walk to Gregory brought home a run, making the score 13-3 in favor of the Tribe.
W&M added three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Hissey singled to start the rally, moving to second on a two-out walk by Casey. Hoehn followed with a double to right center field, scoring Hissey. Lowe followed with a single into center field, which cleared the bases, giving the Tribe a 16-3 lead.
James Madison used a two-out rally to plate a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ky Perrort doubled to the left field wall starting the rally. The next batter, Nick Merullo singled to left field, cutting the lead to 16-4.
The College responded with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning. With one outs, Katz homered over the left field wall, starting the rally. Lindemuth followed by getting hit by a pitch, moving to second on a balk and then to third on a wild pitch. Hissey followed with a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Lindemuth, giving the Tribe a 18-4 lead.
JMU scored for the fifth straight inning in the bottom of the sixth inning. Kevin Husum led off the inning with an infield single moving to second base on a wild pitch. With two outs, Gregory singled into left, brining around Husum, making the score 18-5.
The Tribe batted around for the third time in the game and plated six runs in the top of the seventh inning. With two outs, Thompson singled, moving to third on a single by Katz. Lindemuth followed with a double, plating Thompson. After a wild pitch allowed Katz scored, Hissey homered over the right field wall. The next batter, Gould followed suite with a homer crushed over the left field wall. Casey singled to center field continuing the inning. The next batter, Hoehn doubled into the right field wall, giving the Tribe a 24-5 lead.
For the sixth straight inning, the Dukes added a run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Kyle Weston hit a one-out homer over the left center field wall, making the score 24-6.
Freshman Nick Brown pitched three innings of relief allowing three runs, earning his third win of the season for the Tribe. Freshmen Daniel Powers and John Yoest each pitched scoreless innings of relief for the Green and Gold. James Madison starting pitcher Mark Gunst was tabbed with the loss.
With 24 runs on Sunday, The Tribe scored in double figures for the 14th time this season, and scored more than 20 runs for the third time this year. W&M is 13-1 when they score in double figures this season. Over the last 13 weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) games the College has plated 170 runs, which is 13.1 runs a game.
The College returns to action at Plumeri Park on Tuesday, April 15 against Old Dominion. First pitch of the Optima Health Challenge matchup, will begin at 7 p.m.