CLEMSON, S.C. - In dominant fashion, the William and Mary baseball team evened up its three-game series against Clemson with an impressive 11-2 win over the Tigers on a cold and blustery Saturday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Thanks in part to senior RHP John Farrell's exceptional performance on the mound and timely hitting from a lineup that belted 16 hits, the Tribe built an early 6-0 lead and cruised to its first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent since it defeated Duke during the 2011 season. With the win, the Green and Gold improves to 1-1 on the season while Clemson falls to 1-1 on the year.
Farrell (1-0) was strong all afternoon as he allowed just two earned runs in seven innings of work. The Andover, Mass., native tallied five strikeouts, while surrendering only one walk. Sophomore J.T. Castner worked a scoreless eighth inning of relief, while freshman Mitchell Aker recorded the final three outs in the ninth.
At the plate, sophomore Michael Katz led the Tribe with four RBIs and three hits. Junior Ryan Lindemuth finished the afternoon with four hits, two runs scored and an RBI, while senior Kevin Nutter went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Senior Ryan Brown went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a run batted in, while junior Willie Shaw registered two hits and an RBI.
The Green and Gold struck first with a run in the top of the game's opening inning. With one out, Brown reached first base on a walk and later scored from first after Lindemuth laced a double down the right field chalk.
In the top of the third, the Tribe plated three runs as it extended its lead to 4-0. Katz drove in two of the runs after his bases loaded double to deep right field pushed across Nutter and Brown. Shaw gave W&M the four-run cushion with a single through the right side, which plated Lindemuth for the Tribe's third run of the inning.
The Tribe added to its advantage with a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Nutter drilled a two out double down the left field line, which drove in freshman Thomas Pulisic. W&M's second run of the frame culminated on Katz's bases loaded walk, which pushed across Nutter.
Once again, W&M scored two runs on two outs in the fifth and again it was Nutter who fueled the opportunity. The Vienna, Va., native drove in senior Ryan Williams on an infield single. Brown followed Nutter and proceeded with a single to right field, which drove in Pulisic as the Tribe took a commanding 8-1 lead.
After W&M built a 6-0 margin, Clemson got on the scoreboard with a run in the bottom half of the fourth. Shane Kennedy's single to left field was deep enough to score Steve Wilkerson from second base. The Tigers managed to tack on another run in the sixth as Tyler Krieger drove in Kennedy with an infield single.
In the top of the seventh, W&M put the contest out of reach with three runs as its stranglehold swelled to the final margin of 11-2. A Katz RBI single through the right side that plated Brown from third base highlighted the three-run frame. The Tribe's other two runs in the inning came off a Clemson wild pitch and a fielder's choice.
The series concludes tomorrow afternoon with the first pitch from Clemson, S.C., slated for 1 p.m.