Williamsburg, Va. - The William and Mary Tribe baseball team won its fifth-straight game on Wednesday night, beating the Norfolk State Spartans, 6-5, at Marty L. Miller Baseball Field. With the victory, the College improves its record to 11-13 on the season, while Norfolk State falls to 7-14 on the year.
Sophomore Ryan Williams drove in three runs for the College, while senior Jonathan Slattery went 3-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored to lead the Tribe's offense on Wednesday afternoon. Junior Buster Gean also drove in a run and scored a pair, while freshman Devin White also tallied a RBI.
On the mound, sophomore Brett Goodloe was solid for the Tribe, pitching 5.2 innings and allowing just two earned runs. Goodloe struck out five batters and walked only one in improving his record to 3-0 on the season. Out of the bullpen, sophomore John Farrell pitched a perfect eighth inning, striking out two, while classmate Brett Koehler earned his fourth save of the year.
In the top of the first, the College jumped out to an early 1-0 lead over the host Spartans. With one down, Gean was hit by a pitch to get on for Slattery, who quickly doubled down the left-field line to put runners on second and third. Swinging at the first pitch, Williams hit a fly ball out to right field, deep enough to score Gean on the sacrifice fly, giving the Tribe a 1-0 advantage.
The Tribe added to its lead in the top of the third, extending its advantage to 3-0 over Norfolk State. After a leadoff single from sophomore Ryan Brown, senior Derrick Osteen reached base on a throwing error by the NSU third baseman, putting Brown and Osteen on third and second for Gean. With the Spartan infield playing in, Gean grounded sharply up the middle, only to see the NSU second baseman make a diving stop. Despite losing out on hit, Gean's groundout scored Brown for third easily. Next up was Slattery, who plated Osteen with a line-drive single to right-center field, making the Tribe lead 3-0 over Norfolk State.
The College continued to play add-on in the top of the fourth inning. With Ryan Lindemuth on third and one out, the squeeze play was on for the Tribe. White laid down a great bunt as Lindemuth darted down the third base line, scoring easily, making the Tribe lead 4-0 over NSU.
After Norfolk State closed the deficit to 4-2 after six innings, the Tribe doubled its lead back to four. After back-to-back singles from Gean and Slattery, Williams blasted a double down the right-field line, scoring both runners for his second and third RBIs of the day. After six and a half, the College led the Spartans, 6-2.
Norfolk State refused to give in, however, and scored three unearned runs off sophomore Derek Lowe in the seventh inning. Despite the runs, Lowe had a nice collegiate pitching debut for the Tribe, striking out one in his inning of work.
With the score 6-5 in favor of the Tribe in the bottom of the ninth, the Spartans were threatening. After a single and hit by pitch, runners were on first and second for NSU. After a sacrifice bunt moved the tying and winning runs in to scoring position, the Spartans had their leading hitter at the plate. Koehler rose to the occasion for the Tribe, striking out NSU's John Rasberry for the second out.
After an intentional walk loaded the bases, John Lynch was up to bat for the Spartans. After getting ahead 0-2, Lynch battled back to force the count full, 3-2. Once again Koehler came through for the College, firing a fastball past Lynch to secure the win for William and Mary, 6-5.
The William and Mary Tribe baseball team will hit the road this weekend for a pivotal-CAA series at Delaware. The three-game set gets underway on Friday, March 25, with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.