BOSTON, Mass. – For the third straight game, the William and Mary baseball used runs late in the game to claim a victory over Northeastern. The Tribe rallied to score six runs in the final two innings to earn an 8-6 victory and series sweep over the Huskies. With the win, the Tribe improves to 25-14, 9-2 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while Northeastern falls to 15-21, 4-8 in league action.
Sophomore Ryan Hissey led the Tribe, going 3-for-4 with four runs scored on the day. Senior Kevin Casey finished the game going 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while junior Michael Katz went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
William and Mary opened the scoring with a run in the top of the second inning. With one out, Hissey hit a triple sparking the rally. Following an out, Casey hit a sacrifice fly, giving the Tribe a 1-0 lead.
Northeastern came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. Gabe Levanti led of the inning with a double, moving to third on a single from Hanley. An infield single, from Sean Lyons brought home the tying run. With two-outs, Connor Lyons beat out an infield single giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead.
The Tribe added a run in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Hissey reached with a base hit, moving to second on a single from junior Devin White. A walk from Casey loaded the bases for the Tribe. Freshman Tim Hoehn brought home the tying run on a fielder’s choice, tying the score 2-2.
Northeastern responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Josh Treff (hit by a pitch), Connor Lyons (single) and Michel Foster (single) all reached, loading the bases to start the inning. The next batter, Jason Vosler singled, allowing for Treff to score. After an out, Levanti sent a sacrifice fly to center field, giving the Huskies a 4-2 lead.
The Huskies added another run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Brad Burcroff led off the frame with an infield single, moving to second on a ground out. A single from Treff put runners on the corners with an out. Connor Lyons followed with a single through the right side, making the score 5-2.
Northeastern’s final run of the game came in the bottom of the seventh inning. Shane Allen led off the inning by reaching on an error, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Treff. A single by Connor Lyons allowed for Allen to reach third. Foster then sent a sacrifice fly to center field, putting Northeastern up 6-2.
W&M came storming back with four runs in the top of the eighth inning, tying the game. Hissey started the rally by getting hit by a pitch. Casey followed with an RBI triple to center field. A Northeastern error allowed for Hoehn to reach, putting runners on the corners with one out. After an out, senior Kevin Nutter singled, brining around Casey. An error by Northeastern allowed for junior Nick Thompson to reach, loading the bases. Katz followed with a bullet down the third base line, scoring two, knotting the score at 6-6.
The Tribe followed with two more runs in the top of the ninth inning. Hissey led off the inning with a single, moving to second when sophomore Josh Smith reached on a sacrifice bunt attempt. A wild pitch allowed for both runners to move up 90 feet. Casey followed with a single brining around Hissey, and putting runners on the corners. After an out, Nutter hit a sacrifice fly that gave the Tribe an 8-6 lead.
Casey, who also drove in the game-winning run, earned the victory on the mound for the Tribe. He pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, while striking out two. It was his third win of the season. Foster was charged with the loss for Northeastern after allowing six runs (one earned) over 1.1 innings.
For the seventh time this season, William and Mary tied the game or took the lead in the ninth inning or later in the game. W&M has posted a 5-2 record in those games. With the three wins this weekend, W&M has now won 11-straight games in the series against Northeastern.
The College is off during the mid-week, but returns to action with a three-game CAA series when they welcome Hofstra to Plumeri Park. The series begins on Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m.