WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary baseball team split a doubleheader with Hofstra at Plumeri Park on Saturday afternoon. The Tribe won the first game 12-1, before falling 7-4 in the finale. With the results, the Green and Gold is now 26-15 overall, 10-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association, while Hofstra is 17-16, 5-6 in league action.
Senior Kevin Casey led the Tribe on the day going 5-for-9 with a home run, and an RBI. Junior Nick Thompson and sophomore Ryan Hissey each had four hits on the day. Hissey (2), Thompson, Casey, and sophomore Charley Gould (2) all had home runs over the course of the afternoon.
In game one, William and Mary jumped on the board first with a pair of runs in the first inning for the 19th time this season. With two outs, junior Michael Katz started the rally with his 20th double of the season. The next batter, Hissey belted a two-run homer over the right center field wall, giving the Tribe a 2-0 lead.
The Tribe added a run in the bottom of the third inning. Senior Derek Lowe led off the inning with single to center field. With two outs, Katz reached on an error putting runners on first and second. Hissey followed with a single into right field for his third RBI of the game.
W&M doubled its lead with three-runs in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Thompson singled, moving to second on a walk by Katz. After an out, Gould belted a three-run homer over the center field wall. Gould’s fifth home run of the season, lifted the Green and Gold to a 6-0 lead.
Hofstra took advantage of a Tribe error with an unearned run in the top of the seventh inning. Brian MacDonald started the inning by reaching second on a Tribe error. After two outs, Michael Friel hit a bloop single into right field, bringing home MacDonald, cutting the Tribe lead to 6-1.
The Tribe responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Hissey led off the frame with a single into right field. The next batter, Gould, crushed a towering home run over the left field wall. His second homer of the game gave the College an 8-1lead.
William and Mary plated four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Lowe led off the inning with a walk, moving to second on a stolen base. After an out, Thompson walked, putting runners on first and second. Katz followed with a double off of the left field wall, plating both Thompson and Lowe. The next batter, Hissey belted his second homer of the game over the right field wall, giving the Tribe a 12-1 lead.
Junior starting pitcher Jason Inghram tossed eight innings, allowing six hits, one run (unearned) while striking out five. He earned his team-leading eighth victory of the season. Freshman Nick Brown pitched a scoreless ninth inning, fanning two batters. The loss was charged to Hofstra’s Alec Eisenberg.
In game two, Hofstra opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning. With one out, Matt Ford and Brad Witkowski had back-to-back singles, starting the rally. The next batter, MacDonald, doubled to the left center field wall, giving the Pride a 1-0 lead.
W&M tied the game with a run in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, junior Devin White was hit by a pitch, moving to second on a wild pitch. A Pride error allowed for White to score, tying the game 1-1.
The Pride regained the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Ryan Donovan walked, moving to second a bunt single by TJ Ehrsam. The next batter, Robbie Cafiero doubled down the left field line, clearing the bases and giving Hofstra a 3-1 lead.
W&M came right back with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lowe led off the frame with a single. Senior Kevin Nutter followed with a double into the right center field gap, scoring Lowe, cutting the Pride lead to 3-2. An infield single by Thompson put runners on the corners with no outs. However, David D’Errico got the final three outs of the innings, including a play at the plate when David Leiderman threw to Cafiero to beat the Tribe runner.
Hofstra struck for another run in the top of the sixth inning. With two outs, Eric Ferguson was hit by a pitch, moving to second on a stolen base. The next batter, Leirdman singled into left field, giving the Pride a 4-2 advantage.
Once again, the Tribe fought back with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Casey led off the inning with a home run over the right field wall, cutting the Hofstra lead to 4-3.
The Pride struck for two more runs in the top of the seventh inning. With two outs, Cafiero walked, moving to second on a single from Ford. Brad Witkowski followed with a single down the right field line, clearing the bases, and giving the Pride a 6-3 lead.
Hofstra added another run in the top of the eighth inning. Ferguson and Leirdman each reached on back-to-back singles. After an out, Ferguson came around to score on a Tribe error, giving the Pride a 7-3 advantage.
The Tribe had chances throughout the remainder of the game, but was only able to plate one run in the final three innings. That run came on a solo home run from Thompson to lead off the ninth. Thompson’s 10th homer cut the lead to 7-4.
Redshirt senior John Sheehan was charged with his third loss of the season in game two. He pitched 7.1 innings, allowing 11 hits, seven runs (six earned), while striking out six. The win was credited to David D’Errico, who pitched six innings, allowing seven hits, three runs (two earned), and a strikeout. Brett Schreiber pitched the final three innings, earning his eighth save of the season.
W&M played its fifth doubleheader of the season today. The Tribe has posted a 6-4 record in doubleheaders this season. In game one, the College scored in double-figures for the 15th time, moving its record to 14-1 when scoring 10, or more, runs.
The Green and Gold and Hofstra conclude their three-game series with the rubber game tomorrow, Sunday, April 27. First pitch from Plumeri Park is set for 1 p.m.