WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary baseball team will host the UNCW Seahawks, who are currently atop the Colonial Athletic Association standings, this weekend in a league series slated to get underway Thursday night at 7 p.m. from Plumeri Park. The Wilmington tilt will be the last home conference series for the Tribe this season. Next week, W&M closes out league play and regular season action when it travels to Hofstra for the three-game set against the Pride. For the year, W&M owns a record of 28-20 and a CAA ledger of 11-13, while UNCW enters the affair 29-18 on the season and 19-5 in league action.
Game 1 - Thursday 7 p.m.
W&M - RHP Brett Koehler (6-1, 2.91 ERA)
UNCW - RHP Tyler McSwain (7-3, 3.32 ERA)
Game 2 - Friday 7 p.m.
W&M - LHP Cole Shain (4-3, 3.64 ERA)
UNCW - LHP Mat Batts (5-4, 2.43 ERA)
Game 3 - Saturday 2 p.m.
W&M - RHP Matt Davenport (6-4, 1.84 ERA)
UNCW - RHP Jordan Ramsey (4-2, 3.11 ERA)
Scouting the Tribe
After dropping two-of-three to Old Dominion last weekend, W&M looks to rebound in a big way against the league-leading Seahawks. For the year, the College is 28-20 overall, while owning a CAA ledger of 11-13.
Leading W&M at the plate is sophomore third baseman Ryan Lindemuth, who is batting .350 with 37 RBIs and four home runs to go along with a team-high 14 stolen bases. Senior left fielder Tadd Bower has compiled an average of .322 to go along with 30 runs batted in, two home runs and a team-best 17 doubles. Junior second baseman Kevin Nutter is batting .347 in league action, and for the year, the Vienna, Va., native owns an average of .313.
Senior RHP Matt Davenport (6-4) has seen 94 innings of action this season. Compiling an ERA of 1.84, which ranks second in the CAA, to go along with 73 strikeouts, while holding the opposition to an average of .208. Junior RHP Brett Koehler has tallied six wins in just eight starts this year. Through 55.2 innings pitched, Koehler has fanned 42 batters, while amassing an ERA of 2.91. Junior closer RHP John Farrell ranks third in the league with eight saves. In his 22 appearances, he has tallied 34 strikeouts, while surrendering just eight earned runs in 35.2 innings of work. As a staff, the College ranks first in the CAA with an ERA 2.99.
Scouting the Seahawks
Having been at the helm of the Seahawk program for the last 21 seasons, head coach Mark Scalf brings UNCW into Plumeri Park with an overall record of 29-19 and a CAA ledger of 19-5. The Seahawks, who sit atop the Colonial Athletic Association standings, are 13-12 on the road this season. On Tuesday night, UNCW fell at in-state foe North Carolina, 4-2, in a game where both teams combined to use 14 pitchers.
At the plate, senior Thomas Pope is batting .362 to go along with 34 RBIs, six triples and three home runs. For the year, senior Andrew Cain owns an average of .331 with 31 runs batted in, 19 stolen bases and seven home runs, while junior Michael Bass has compiled an average of .329 to go along with 24 RBIs, 16 stolen bases and six doubles.
Senior RHP Tyler McSwain (7-3) has pitched 81.1 innings this season, compiling an ERA of 3.32 in 11 starts. Sophomore LHP Mat Batts (5-4) has started 12 games this year, fanning a team-high 71 batters, while amassing an ERA of 2.43. Freshman RHP Jordan Ramsey (4-2) owns an ERA of 3.11 through 55 innings of work this season. As a staff, UNCW ranks second in the CAA with an ERA of 3.17.
Tribe Baseball in the
In the latest national rankings released by the NCAA on May 7, William and Mary and its players were well represented in various categories. As a team, W&M ranks second in the nation with 34 sacrifice flies. The College ranks 49th in country with 300 runs scored, while its 2.21 walks allowed per contest sits at fourth best in the nation. For the year, the Green and Gold owns a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.13 which ranks sixth nationally. As a team, W&M ranks 20th in the country with an ERA of 2.99.
Individually, senior Matt Davenport ranks 16th in the nation with four complete games, while his ERA of 1.84 ranks 36th in the country. Junior Ryan Brown ranks 30th in the nation with 46 runs scored, while sophomore Ryan Lindemuth ranks 38th with 45 runs scored. Freshman Michael Katz's nine sacrifice flies leads the country, while his 43 RBIs stand 49th nationally.
Honoring the Nine
On Saturday, May 12, prior to its series finale against UNCW, the W&M baseball program will hold its senior day ceremony, honoring this year's nine-member senior class. In addition to accounting for 105 wins during their careers, the group has accounted for six postseason awards and wins against the likes of North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Duke. The ceremony is slated to get underway at 1:30 pm Saturday afternoon.
UNCW Series Notes
In a series that dates back to 1984, UNCW owns a 61-21 advantage over the Tribe. The teams last played in Williamsburg in 2010, when UNCW took two of three from the College. W&M swept the inaugural three-game series at UNCW by a combined score of 23-15. The two have met in the CAA tournament twice, with the Tribe winning, 11-8, on May 22, 2008 and Wilmington earning the, 4-3, victory in 12 innings on May 22, 2003.
Cumulative Score - W&M 369 - UNCW 587
Last Meeting - L, 4-7 (4/17/11) (A)
Largest Margin of Victory - 12, (2x, most recent ... 4/18/04) (H)
Largest Margin of Defeat - 18, (4/29/07) (H)
Longest Winning Streak - 3 (2x, most recent ... 5/15/97 - 4/11/98)
Longest Losing Streak - 13, (3/31/90 - 4/23/94)
Largest Home Attendance - 415, (5/14/10) L, 5-12
Overall Record - (21-61)
Record at Plumeri Park - (7-8)
Record in Williamsburg - (12-24)
Record on the Road - (8-32)
Neutral Site - (1-5)