Williamsburg, Va. - The William and Mary Tribe baseball team got back to winning in a big way on Tuesday night, defeating the visiting Liberty Flames, 11-5, at Plumeri Park. With the win, the Tribe's record improves to 19-20 overall while the Flames fall to 20-17 on the year.
Leading the way on an impressive night for the Tribe's offense was freshman Devin White , who had a career-high three hits and scored a pair of runs. Sophomore Derek Lowe also had three hits and scored twice, while senior Derrick Osteen went 1-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Junior Tadd Bower and sophomore Ryan Brown each had two hits and a RBI for the Tribe, while sophomore Ryan Williams had a two-run single. Also tallying RBIs on the night were senior Jonathan Slattery and junior Stephen Arcure .
Sophomore Matt Wainman improved his record on the season to 3-2, going five strong innings. Wainman struck out a pair while surrendering two runs on the evening. Senior Reid Killen threw 1.1 perfect innings out of bullpen, while junior Matt Davenport struck out one in his 0.2 innings of work.
The Flames came out on fire Tuesday night, collecting hits in their first three at-bats and pushing across two runs to take an early, 2-0 lead over the College.
After going scoreless in the first two innings, the Tribe finally got on the board in the bottom of the third thanks to some clutch, two-out hitting. With two out in the frame, Osteen started the rally by drawing a walk. After a single from Bower and a walk to Slattery, the bases were loaded for Arcure. The junior had a great at-bat and after falling behind in the count he was able to draw a walk, plating Bower from third.
With the bases still full, Williams came to the plate and also fell behind in the count. Like Arcure, Williams was able to come through, singling to center field, driving in a pair of runners to give the College a 3-2 lead over the Flames after three complete.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Tribe added to its lead in a big way over the Flames. With one down, White singled through the middle and Lowe drew a walk to put runners on first and second for Brown. On a 2-1 pitch, Brown hit a single to center field, scoring White from second to make the lead, 4-2. After a hit-by-pitch to freshman Ryan Lindemuth , the bases were loaded for Osteen, who earned a painful RBI after getting hit by a pitch himself, making the score 5-3 in favor of the College.
Bower stepped to the plate next for the Tribe and with the bases still loaded he delivered with a run-scoring single to left-center field. Up came Slattery, who grounded sharply to the pitcher. The Liberty hurler turned to start the double play at second base but his throw sailed on him, going in to center field. On the fielder's choice from Slattery, two runs would come across to give W&M an 8-2 lead after the five-run outburst.
The offense kept rolling in the seventh for the Tribe as it continued to pad its lead over the Flames. After back-to-back singles from White and Lowe and a walk to Lindemuth, the bases were once again loaded, this time for Osteen. The senior wasted little time, blasting the first pitch he saw down the left-field line for a two-run double. The College added another in the frame when Lindemuth scored on a wild pitch, making the score 11-2 for William and Mary after seven innings.
The Flames scored a pair of runs in the eighth and added another in the ninth, but it would not be enough, as the College would sweep the season series, beating Liberty, 11-5.
In the two games against Liberty this season, the Tribe's offense tallied 21 runs and hit .367 with four doubles and 19 RBIs. After going for a season-high 17 hits in the first meeting, the College collected 12 more in the victory on Tuesday night.
The William and Mary Tribe baseball team will continue its five-game homestand this weekend when it host CAA-rival VCU in a three-game conference series. The three-game set gets underway on Friday, April 22, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. at Plumeri Park.