Delaware opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Joe Giacchino led off the game with a single, moving to third on a double from EJ Stolzfus. After two outs, Jake Clark doubled into the left center field gap, giving the Blue Hens a 2-0 lead.
For the 25th time this season, W&M scored a run in the first inning and responded with a pair of runs. With one out, junior Nick Thompson walked, starting the rally. After an out, Hissey blasted a 0-2 pitch over the center field wall, tying the score 2-2.
The Tribe took its first lead of the day in the bottom of the second inning. Senior Derek Lowe led off the inning with a single, moving to third on a wild pitch and a passed ball. A walk to senior Kevin Casey put runners on the corners with nobody out. After an out, Hoehn belted a line drive homer over the left field wall, giving the Green and Gold a 5-2 lead.
Delaware added a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. Norm Donkin started the rally with a single up the middle. The next batter, Zach Lopes hit a home run over the left field wall, cutting the Tribe lead to 5-4.
W&M added a run in the bottom of the third inning. Hissey started the rally with a single, moving to second on a single by sophomore Charley Gould. Hissey came around to score on an error, pushing the Tribe's lead to 6-4.
The Green and Gold added a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, Hoehn belted his second homer of the day over the left center field wall. His fourth home run of the season, gave the Tribe a 7-4 lead.
W&M extended its lead with four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out, Hissey doubled down the left field line. After a fielder’s choice the Tribe had a runners on the corners with two outs. An intentional walk to Casey loaded the bases for the Tribe. Sophomore Josh Smith, who battled the count full, crushed a ball over the left field wall for a grand-slam homer. Smith’s first homer of the season gave the Tribe an 11-4 advantage.
Junior Jason Inghram pitched seven innings, allowing four runs, scattering 14 hits, while striking out three batters. He pitched out of a few jams in the middle innings, on his way to his 10th victory of the season. Freshman Nick Brown tossed the final two innings of the game, throwing a perfect two innings with a strikeout. The loss was charged to Delaware’s Chad Martin, who pitched 5.1 innings allowing seven runs on seven hits.
The Tribe advances to the CAA winner’s bracket finals tomorrow, May 23, against the winner of the No. 2-seeded College of Charleston and No. 3-seeded UNCW game, which is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. First pitch of tomorrow's game is set for noon.