WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary baseball team built a smothering 7-0 lead after three innings of play as it cruised past the Penn Quakers, 19-5, in its series finale on Sunday afternoon at Plumeri Park. Offensively, the Green and Gold produced 21 hits, which was highlighted by a 10-run fifth inning. The victory improves the Tribe's record to 7-4 overall, while the setback drops Penn to 1-3 on the season.
Senior LHP Matt Wainman (1-1) was impressive as the Woodbridge, Va., native earned his first victory of the 2013 season. In 6.0 innings of work, Wainman allowed just three hits and two unearned runs, while fanning two Quakers in 25 batters faced. In relief appearances, freshmen Aaron Fernandez and Joseph Gaouette closed out the contest in a combined three innings of work.
At the plate, senior center fielder Ryan Brown led the way with a 3-for-4 performance, which included four RBIs and two runs scored. Junior left fielder Willie Shaw recorded three RBIs and a run scored in a 2-for-5 outing, while senior designated hitter Jackson Shaver continued to impress with two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Sophomore Michael Katz finished the afternoon with four hits and two runs batted in, while junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored. At the top of the order, senior leadoff man Kevin Nutter crossed the plate three times to go along with two hits and a run batted in. For the day, nine W&M players recorded hits, while eight individuals tallied runs batted in.
After Wainman retired the Quakers in order to start the contest, the Tribe got on the scoreboard first with a run in the bottom half of the opening frame. With no outs and the bases loaded, Nutter scored on a groundout double play as the Tribe went ahead early, 1-0.
W&M took control of the tilt with five runs in the second as it extended its advantage to 6-0. The highlight of the frame came on Brown's single to left field, which pushed across Shaver and senior Ryan Williams for W&M's second and third runs of the affair. The Tribe went ahead 7-0 in the third as senior right fielder Derek Lowe's fly out to right field was deep enough to plate freshman catcher Ryan Hissey from third base.
The Green and Gold put the contest out of reach as it plated 10 runs, all on two-outs, in the bottom half of the fifth. Nutter's double to right center field, which drove in Williams, fueled the onslaught, while Brown's single to right field drove in Lowe for the Tribe's tenth run of the inning.
Penn got on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the top half of the sixth after back-to-back singles from Austin Bossart and Ryan Deitrich each plated a runner. After the Tribe tacked two runs in the sixth, courtesy of RBI at bats from Shaw and Shaver, the Quakers put up three additional runs before Gaouette retired Penn in order in the ninth.
Tribe baseball returns to action on Tuesday, March 5, as it travels to Big South foe Liberty. The first pitch in Lynchburg, Va., is scheduled for 3 p.m. and fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats.