WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Feb. 18, 2012) - The William and Mary baseball team earned a 2-1 victory against Rhode Island in the first game of a doubleheader at Plumeri Park on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, W&M improves to 2-0 on the season, while URI falls to 0-2.
Junior starting pitcher Matt Wainman (1-0) was outstanding in his first appearance of the season and registered the victory, as he allowed just one earned run on four hits and one walk in 6.0 innings. Junior John Farrell picked up his second save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, while senior Matt Davenport worked two perfect innings in relief.
Rhode Island's starting pitcher Kevin Lee (0-1) took the loss after allowing just two earned runs on three hits and a walk in 5.0 innings.
Freshman first baseman Michael Katz led the Tribe offensively and went 1-for-3 with an RBI, while senior catcher Chris Forsten also drove in a run. Junior center fielder Ryan Brown and senior left fielder Tadd Bower scored W&M's runs.
Rhode Island got on the scoreboard first with a run in the top of the fourth. After a two-out double to left center by right fielder Greg Annarummo, catcher Pat Quinn followed with an RBI single to center.
W&M answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame to take a 2-1 edge. After Brown led off the inning with a bunt single to third, Bower drew a walk on four straight pitches. Both runners then moved into scoring position with a stolen base by Brown, and Katz followed with a one-out RBI single to left. Forsten plated the second run with a sacrifice fly to center.
With Farrell on in relief to start the ninth, URI put a pair runners in scoring position but was unable to push any runs across. Shortstop Mike LeBel and Annarummo led off the inning with back-to-back singles, and Quinn moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. After pinch hitter Kevin Stenhouse struck out swinging, LeBel was thrown out at the plate for the third out when he tried to score on a pitch that got past Forsten.
The teams will close out the series with the second half of the doubleheader today at 2:45 p.m.