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Offense Powers Baseball to 12-5 Win Over Towson
Updated: Thursday 05/02/2014 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary baseball team powered itself to a 12-5 series opening win over Towson on Friday night at Plumeri Park. The Tribe recorded double-digit runs for the 16th time these season, while collecting 13 hits. With the win, W&M improves to 28-15, 12-3 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while Towson drops to 20-20, 2-10 in league action.

Sophomore Ryan Hissey led the Tribe with a home run and five RBIs. Classmate Charley Gould went 4-for-5 with an RBI, as well.

For the 21st time this season, the Tribe scored a run in the first inning, striking for three. Senior Kevin Nutter led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch, moving to second a walk by junior Nick Thompson. The next batter, junior Michael Katz hit a line-drive single into the left center field gap, scoring Nutter. Gould then reached on an infield single, loading the bases. Senior Kevin Casey followed with a double off the right field wall, scoring both Thompson and Katz, giving the Tribe a 3-0 advantage.

The Tribe added four more runs in the bottom of the second inning. Senior Derek Lowe led of the frame with a single, moving to second when Nutter was hit by a pitch. A walk to Katz loaded the bases for the Tribe. Hissey followed with a grand slam home run over the center field wall, giving the Tribe a 7-0 lead.

Towson got on the scoreboard with three runs in the top of the third inning. With two outs, Brendan Butler singled, moving to second on a bunt single from Hunter Bennett. The next batter Pat Fitzgerald, doubled to the left field wall, clearing the bases. The final run of the inning scored on a single from Brandon Gonnella, cutting the Tribe lead to 7-3.

The Tigers added a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning. Peter Bowles led off the inning with single, moving to third on a one-out double by Brady Policelli. A groundout allowed for Bowles to come around to score. The next batter, Butler singled into center field, brining around Policelli, making the score 7-5.

W&M responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Thompson led of the frame with a solo blast over the left center field wall. Katz followed with an infield single, moving to second on a throwing error. With two outs, Casey singled into center field bringing around Katz. Sophomore Josh Smith followed with a double down the left field line, giving the Tribe a 10-5 lead.

The Tribe added a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Nutter, Thompson and Katz all reached on free passes, loading the bases with one out. The next batter, Hissey was hit by a pitch to bring home Nutter. Gould followed with a single to left center brining around Thompson, and making the score 12-5 W&M.

Junior starting pitcher Jason Inghram pitched seven innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, while striking out four. He earned his CAA-leading ninth win of the season. Freshman Daniel Powers pitched the final two innings, scattering two hits and one strikeout. The loss was charged to Towson’s Kevin Ross. It was his first loss of the season.

During the last 20 weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) games, the Tribe has scored 221 runs, which is 11.1 runs a contest. It was the 16th time this season that the Tribe has scored in double figures, and they have posted 15-1 record in those games.

With the win, the Tribe assured themselves a spot in the 2014 CAA Baseball Tournament. The event will be held in Wilmington, N.C. from May 21-24.

The College and Towson continue their CAA weekend series with tomorrow, Saturday, May 3 with first pitch set for 4 p.m. The series concludes Sunday, May 4 at 1 p.m.

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