Williamsburg, Va. - The William and Mary Tribe baseball team used a five-run fourth inning to come from behind and defeat the visiting Hofstra Pride on Sunday afternoon, 10-3. With the victory, the Tribe improves its record to 16-15 on the season and to 9-6 in CAA play, while the Pride falls to 5-17 on the season and to 5-7 in conference action.
The Tribe used a total team effort at the plate to defeat the Pride on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Williamsburg. Eight different players had hits for William and Mary while seven players had a RBI and seven more had at least one run scored.
Senior Jonathan Slattery was 2-for-4 on the day with a team-high three RBIs, while sophomore Ryan Williams drove in a pair. Senior Derrick Osteen was 3-for-5 with a RBI and two runs scored, while freshman Ryan Lindemuth had two hits, three runs scored, and one RBI. Also driving in runs for the College were juniors Stephen Arcure and Tadd Bower , as well as freshman Devin White .
Out of the bullpen, junior Jay McCarthy pitched 1.1 solid innings to earn his first victory of the season. Sophomore Brett Koehler continued his strong year, pitching the final four innings to earn his team-leading fifth save of the season. Koehler allowed just three hits and struck out five while not issuing a walk.
After the Pride took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, the Tribe tied the game in the bottom of the frame. After back-to-back singles from Lindemuth and Osteen, Slattery moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. White stepped to the plate for the Tribe next and blasted a deep fly ball to center, scoring Lindemuth from third on the sacrifice fly. White's ninth RBI of the season tied the game at 1-1 after the first inning.
The game wasn't tied for long, as the Pride scored one run in both the second and fourth innings to take a 3-1 lead over the Green and Gold heading in to the bottom of the fourth.
With one down in the frame, men were on first and second for Lindemuth, who singled sharply up the middle to plate sophomore Derek Lowe from second base. Next up was Osteen, who slapped a double to left field, scoring one run and tying the game at 3-3.
With runners on first and second, Slattery gave the Tribe its first lead of the game, blasting a double over the Pride's center fielder, clearing the bases and scoring a pair of runs. Arcure capped the five-run inning for the College with a RBI single up the middle, giving the Tribe a 6-3 lead over Hofstra after four complete innings.
With the score still 6-3 in favor of the Tribe, the College added some insurance runs to its advantage in the bottom of the eighth. In the frame, Slattery and Bower had RBI singles for the Green and Gold, while Williams cracked a two-run double to give W&M a 10-3 they would not surrender, taking the game and the series from the Pride.
After dropping its first CAA series of the season against James Madison, the Tribe has reeled off four-straight conference series wins. The four-straight CAA series wins are the first for the Tribe since it won four straight during the 2003 season.
This weekend, numerous Tribe batters had great weekends for the College, but none better than Brown, who hit 5-for-7 (.714) with two doubles, a RBI, and three runs scored. Slattery went 5-for-11 (.455) against the Pride with six RBIs, while both Lindemuth and Williams drove in four runs.
The William and Mary Tribe baseball team will next be in action on Wednesday, April 6, when the College will travel to face the University of Richmond Spiders. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.