BOSTON, Mass. – The William and Mary baseball team rallied to win the series opener, 5-3, in extra innings at Northeastern on Friday night. The Tribe scored a pair of runs in the top of the 10th inning to claim the victory. With the win, the College improves to 23-14, 6-2 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while Northeastern drops to 15-19, 4-6 in league action.
Junior Devin White led the Tribe going 2-for-3 on the day. Whited added a double and a pair of RBIs in the victory.
Northeastern opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. Jason Vosler led off the inning with a single, moving to third on double by Gabe Levanti. The next batter Nick Fanneron doubled, scoring both Vosler and Levanti. The Huskies loaded the bases with one out, but Tribe starting pitcher junior Jason Inghram was able to settle and get the final two outs of the inning.
The Huskies added another run in the bottom of the third inning. Michael Foster singled to lead off the inning, starting the rally. Vosler followed with a double that scored Foster all the way from first, giving Northeastern a 3-0 lead.
William and Mary rallied to score three runs in the top of the sixth inning, tying the score. Senior Kevin Nutter walked to start the inning. After an out, junior Michael Katz (walk) and senior Ryan Lindemuth (hit by pitch) reached, loading the bases. An RBI groundout from sophomore Ryan Hissey got the Tribe on the board. White followed with a bases clearing double, tying the score 3-3.
The Tribe took its first lead of the game with two runs in the top of the 10th inning. With an out, White singled starting the rally. The next batter, senior Kevin Casey doubled to the left field wall, moving to third on the play at the plate. The next batter, freshman Tim Hoehn doubled, brining around Casey, giving the Tribe a 5-3 advantage.
Inghram pitched nine innings for the Tribe, earning his team-leading seventh victory of the season. He allowed three runs on six hits, while striking out seven batters. Northeastern’s Aaron Civale was charged with loss. Sophomore Joseph Gaouette came on to pitch the 10th, earning his second save of the season.
For the sixth time this season, William and Mary took tied the game or took the lead in the ninth inning or later in the game. W&M has posted a 4-2 record in those games. The Tribe also played extra innings for the fourth time this season. The Green and Gold is now 3-1 in extra innings, and is outscoring its opponents 5-1 in extras.
The College and Northeastern continue their series tomorrow, April 19, with a 1 p.m. game. The series concludes on Sunday, April 20 at noon.