WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary baseball team fended off a gritty Quinnipiac squad, 9-5, Wednesday night at Plumeri Park. The Tribe scored a total of three runs in the seventh and eighth innings as it pulled away from the visiting Bobcats. With the win, W&M improves to 12-7 on the year, while Quinnipiac drops to 1-8 overall.
At the plate, junior center fielder Ryan Brown went 3-for-5 with two RBIs to lead the Tribe offensively. Sophomore designated hitter Ryan Lindemuth finished the affair with two RBIs and his third home run of the season. Freshman Michael Katz also tallied two RBIs in his 1-for-3 performance. Rounding out the College's offensive output were seniors Chris Forsten and Chris Yates, who each recorded an RBI. For the game, W&M pounded out 13 hits.
Sophomore RHP Matt Houston (1-0) entered the contest in the sixth inning and earned his first collegiate victory, allowing one earned run and two hits in 1.1 innings of work. In his two innings of action, starting pitcher Jason Inghram allowed two unearned runs before being relieved by fellow classmate J.T. Castner. Castner pitched three innings of relief and allowed two unearned runs. Senior RHP John Farrell fanned five Bobcats in his 2.2 innings of work and allowed no runs on just two hits to earn his third save of the season. As a unit, the College only surrendered one earned run to the Bobcats.
The Tribe got on the scoreboard first with a trio of runs in the opening frame. Lindemuth's single to right field drove in Nutter for W&M's first run of the contest. Katz plated the frame's second run with a sacrifice fly to center field, which put across Brown. Forsten gave the College a 3-0 lead as he laced a double to right-center field fence, which drove home Lundemuth.
W&M tacked on another run in the bottom half of the second. Yates led the frame off with a double down the left field line. After two consecutive put outs, Brown plated Yates with a single to left field, and after two innings of play, the Tribe owned a 4-0 lead.
Quinnipiac responded with four runs of its own, which tied the contest up at 4-4 in the top half of the third. After plating three runs on W&M fielding errors, the innings' fourth run culminated when left fielder Jesse Ullrich drove home first baseman Gabe Guerino on a double to left field.
After seeing its four-run lead disappear, the College retaliated with some authority in the sixth. With two outs and nobody on, Lindemuth belted a 2-1 offering from Quinnipiac hurler Kevin O'Connell over the left center field wall to give the Tribe a 5-4 advantage. Senior left fielder Tadd Bower kept the inning alive with a single to center field. He then advanced to second after an O'Connell balk. With Bower in scoring position, Katz hit a rocket to the shortstop that was too hot to handle and in the process Bower scored from second for the College's second run of the frame.
With William and Mary leading, 6-4, both squads scored a run in the seventh. Quinnipiac shortstop Scott Donaghue led the frame off with a double down the left field line and eventually scored on a Guerino single to right field. Now only up 6-5, W&M plated a run in the bottom half when Brown singled to drive home freshman right fielder Josh Smith.
Leading 7-5, the College tacked on two important insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. With one out and the bases loaded, Yates was hit by the pitch, which brought home Katz for the College's eighth run of the night. Smith then plated W&M's ninth run of the affair with a sacrifice fly to center field, resulting in Forsten tagging up from the third. In the ninth, Farrell held court as he struck out the side as he put the finishing touches on a 9-5 victory.
The Tribe returns to action Friday, March 16, as it travels to James Madison for a three-game league tilt with the Dukes. The first pitch from Harrisonburg on Friday is slated for 7 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats.