WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - In dominating fashion, the William and Mary baseball team swept its Friday doubleheader with non-conference foe NYIT Friday evening from Plumeri Park. The Tribe defeated the Bears 7-0 in game one and followed up its impressive performance with a 10-0 victory in the nightcap. The wins improve W&M to 5-5 overall, while NYIT drops to 0-2 on the year.
Before any runs were plated in the matinee, Mother Nature struck first with a 75-minute rain delay that postponed action in the bottom of the fifth. When play resumed at 6:15 p.m., the Tribe capitalized on three NYIT errors with a three-run outburst. The scoring was led off by Josh Smith, who reached on a single to center field before freshman Josh Mason's sacrifice bunt finished bringing him around.
In the bottom of the seventh, the College put the game out of reach with a four-run inning that extended its advantage to 7-0. With one out and nobody on, Kevin Nutter got things going with a single down the left-field line, and an ensuing wild pitch allowed him to advance all the way to third base. After junior Ryan Brown drew a base-on-balls, the Fredericksburg, Va., native stole second and in his attempt to reach the NYIT catcher short-hopped a throw into center, allowing Nutter to score. With Brown on third and sophomore Ryan Lindemuth on first, freshman Michael Katz took a 2-0 James Moussa offering over the wall in left center. The three-run homer put the Tribe up for good at 7-0.
For the rest of the game, the College's strong pitching and fielding held the Bears in check as the Green and Gold posted its first shutout of the 2012 season. Senior Cole Shain (1-1) notched the victory as he pitched five innings of shut out baseball before play was halted due to rain. Through his five innings of work, the senior hurler recorded five strikeouts and allowed only one hit. Seniors Jay McCarthy and Chris Yates, along with sophomore Matt Houston combined to pitch four innings of shut out baseball in relief.
Katz led the way offensively for the Tribe in the game with three RBIs and a home run. Freshman Josh Smith went 2-for-4 with a run scored against the Bears, while Nutter went 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
In the seven-inning affair that was game two, W&M jumped all over NYIT early and often. After one inning of play the College held an early 2-0 lead. Smith and junior Jackson Shaver got the Green and Gold momentum churning early with a pair of RBI singles in the opening frame.
Highlighting the Tribe's three-run output in the bottom of the second was a Katz RBI single through the left side that drove home Brown for W&M's third run of the inning. After two innings of play in game two, the Tribe owned a commanding 5-0 lead.
After tacking on a run in the bottom half of the fourth, the Green and Gold left no doubt of the eventual outcome with a two-out, four-run explosion in the bottom of the sixth. Senior designated hitter Sean Aiken capped the offensive exhibition with a two-RBI double to left, pushing the Tribe's advantage to 10-0. Needing only three more outs to secure the doubleheader sweep, the College sat NYIT down in order, and chalked up the second shutout of the day.
Junior Matt Wainman (2-1) tossed a complete game shutout en route to his second victory of the season. The Woodbridge, Va., native allowed just five hits and recorded five strikeouts against the visiting Bears under the lights. NYIT's Steve Cotov (0-1) took the loss as he pitched 4.1 innings, allowing three earned runs. At the plate, Brown was 2-for-3 with four runs scored to lead the Tribe's offensive effort. Smith went 2-for-4 and tallied three RBIs, while Aiken drove in a pair of runs from the DH position.
The Tribe returns to action tomorrow as its hosts NYIT for game three of its four-game set from Plumeri Park. Game three, which was previously scheduled to start at 1 p.m., has been pushed back to a 3 p.m. start time. Fans can follow all of the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats.