Sophomore Ryan Lindemuth and junior Ryan Williams provided the muscle early for W&M with home runs in the first two innings. Senior Tadd Bower was 2-for-3 on the day with an RBI, while freshmen Josh Smith and Josh Mason added a pair of RBI's in the victory. Junior Ryan Brown, Lindemuth and Smith each scored a pair of runs for the Green and Gold. Nine different players registered hits for the Tribe, while eight scored runs and six delivered RBI's.
Junior pitcher Brett Goodloe (1-0) earned the win for W&M with four scoreless innings. He struck out three batters and scattered six hits. Senior Chris Yates and Williams each pitched two spotless innings for the College out of the bullpen, while junior John Farrell secured the victory with a scoreless ninth. Yates struck out a pair, while Williams allowed just one hit. George Washington's Craig LeJeune (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs in 1.2 innings.
The Green and Gold struck first as Lindemuth hit a 1-0 offering deep over the left field fence in the opening inning. It marked the second game in as many as days that the Tribe sophomore homered as he reached base safely for the 12th consecutive game. Lindemuth also homered in the third inning of the Tribe's 6-2 win at VMI on Tuesday.
After Goodloe worked out of a 1st-and-3rd situation in the top of the second, W&M tacked on three more runs in the home half of the frame again via the long ball. Bower doubled off the base of the right center field fence to lead off the second, before Smith was hit by pitch to put two guys on with no one out. After the Colonials recorded a pair of outs, Williams launched a 2-0 pitch over the left field fence for his first home run of the season to extend the College's lead to 4-0.
The Colonials again threatened in the top of the third and fourth innings. A wild pitch put GW base runners at second and third in the third, but Goodloe stepped up to strike out the Colonials' cleanup hitter Jimmy Best to end the inning. George Washington put two runners on with just one out in the fourth before Goodloe induced a ground out to short and a fly out to center to end the threat.
George Washington finally pushed across a run in the top of the seventh inning as Brett Bowers and Kyle Gelling set the table with back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Williams came on to pitch for the Tribe, and with runners at the corners, GW tried a squeeze play with Justin Albright. The Tribe's junior pitcher sprung off the mound and threw home as Devin White tagged out Bowers at the plate. Stephen Oswald plated Gelling with a single through the right side. Another bunt moved Oswald to second to put two runners in scoring position with two outs, but Williams forced Matt Murakami into a lazy fly ball to right to end the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, W&M answered with five runs on four straight hits with runners in scoring position. The Tribe loaded the bases as the first three batters reached. After Kevin Nutter drew a leadoff walk, Brown looped a single down the right field line and Lindemuth was hit by a pitch. Following a strikeout, Bower laced a 2-0 pitch to right, bringing home the first Green and Gold run of the inning. On the very next pitch, Smith roped a ball into the left field corner for a two-run double. Mason and sophomore Devin White both added RBI singles to push the W&M lead to 9-1.
W&M added two more runs in the eighth. The College again loaded the bases this time with one out. Mason drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Brown, and freshman Michael Katz raced home on the ball-four, wild pitch to put the finishing touches on an 11-1 Green and Gold victory.
The Tribe will return to action when it opens CAA play against Northeastern this weekend at Plumeri Park. The three-game series will get underway on Friday at 4 p.m.