Boston, Mass. - The William and Mary Tribe baseball team snapped a three-game losing skid in a big way on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Northeastern Huskies, 8-0, in Boston. With the win, the Tribe improves to 22-23 on the season and to 12-11 in CAA play. With the loss, the Huskies fall to 13-26 on the year and to 8-12 in conference action.
The story of the game was the brilliance of Tribe senior pitcher Logan Billbrough , who tossed his second complete game shutout of the season. Billbrough struck out an astounding 16 Huskies on the afternoon, a William and Mary school record. The 16 K's are the most for a Tribe pitcher since Chris Shaver struck out 13 batters in a win over James Madison on May 14, 2004.
In the win over the Huskies, Billbrough scattered seven hits and walked just two batters. With the victory, Billbrough pushes his record to 6-2 on the year with 77 strikeouts in 75.2 innings pitched.
Freshman Ryan Lindemuth extended his hitting streak to six games on Saturday, leading the Tribe with a 3-for-5 effort that included three doubles, four RBIs, and two runs scored on the day. Over the course of his streak, Lindemuth is 13-for-28 (.464) with six doubles, eight RBIs, a home run, and five runs scored.
Not to be outdone, sophomore Ryan Brown went 3-for-4 on the afternoon with two runs scored and two stolen bases. Brown has hit in five straight games for the Tribe, going 10-for-18 (.556) with six runs scored and three stolen bases.
Unlike the game on Friday, the Tribe was the team that jumped out to an early lead on Saturday. With two outs in the top of the first, Lindemuth doubled to left field to put a runner in scoring position. After a walk, Williams singled sharply to left field to plate Lindemuth from second, giving the College a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the second, William and Mary again used some two-out hitting to take a four-run lead over Northeastern. With two men on, Brown reached first on a great bunt single to load the bases for Lindemuth. Once again, the freshman came through, finding the gap in right-center field for a two-out, three-run double to clear the bases. After two full innings, the Tribe led the Huskies, 4-0.
After a scoreless fourth, W&M added another run to its lead over Northeastern. After Williams drew a walk to start the frame, freshman Devin White blasted a ground-rule double to left field that put runners on second and third. After a fielder's choice loaded the bases and a fly out, Lowe grounded out to first base, scoring Williams from third for his ninth RBI of the season. After five, the Green and Gold led the Huskies, 5-0.
In the sixth, the College continued to add to its lead over NU. After drawing a walk to start the inning, Brown stole both second and third base to get in scoring position for Lindemuth. The rookie continued his great day, hitting his third double of the day down the left-field line, plating Brown for his fourth RBI of the afternoon. Bower followed and promptly scored Lindemuth from second with a RBI single to right center, giving the Tribe a 7-0 advantage.
The College scored for the third-consecutive frame in the top of the seventh. With runners on the corners, Bower singled to right field to plate the Tribe's eighth run of the ballgame, giving the Green and Gold an 8-0 lead after seven.
With Billbrough rolling on the mound and the offense clicking, the Tribe would even the series with the Northeastern Huskies with an 8-0 win on Saturday.
The William and Mary Tribe baseball team will conclude its three-game series with the Northeastern Huskies on Sunday, May 1. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.