WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Facing a 3-2 deficit as play entered the bottom of the ninth, the William and Mary baseball team rallied for two runs in the frame as it defeated Rutgers, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Plumeri Park. With the contest deadlocked at 3-3, senior Kevin Nutter drove in the game-winning run as his one-out single to left field plated freshman pinch-hitter Jonathan Sarty. The win improves the Tribe's record to 10-5 overall, while the setback drops Rutgers to 3-9 on the season.
Offensively, senior Kevin Nutter went 3-for-5 with the game-winning RBI, while junior left fielder Willie Shaw registered two RBIs and a hit. For the third consecutive day, freshman Jonathan Sarty belted a pinch-hit RBI in his only at bat, which tied the contest at 3-3. Senior center fielder Ryan Brown went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while sophomore Michael Katz and senior Ryan Williams each scored a run.
On the mound, sophomore LHP Jason Inghram (1-2) turned in an impressive performance in the no decision. In 8.1 innings of work, the Chesapeake, Va., native allowed just two earned runs on only four hits, while posting five strikeouts. Freshman reliever Mitchell Aker (1-0) picked up the first win of his career after recording the final two outs in the top half of the ninth.
The Green and Gold got off to a fast start on Sunday afternoon with two runs in the bottom half of the first. Shaw's two-out rope to right field pushed across Brown and Katz as W&M took the early advantage, 2-0.
In the top of the fourth, Rutgers plated a run as it got to within 2-1. Senior Bill Hoermann's infield groundout to first base drove in senior catcher Jeff Melillo for the Scarlet Knights' first run of the afternoon.
W&M was poised to strike as it loaded the bases in the bottom half of the fifth. With two outs and the bases loaded, Katz blistered a line drive, that was destined for right field, but Hoermann was there to make a potential bases clearing snag.
In the top of the ninth, Rutgers plated two runs as it gained a 3-2 advantage. Hoermann pushed across the first run with a bloop single to right field which tied the contest, while sophomore left fielder Vinny Zarrillo scored on a wild pitch as Rutgers went ahead by a run, 3-2.
Trailing by a run and down to its last three outs, the Tribe mounted one final charge. Williams led off the frame with a single to left field and later advanced to second on freshman Brian Lee's sacrifice bunt. With one out and Williams on second, Sarty plated the Fairfax, Va., native with a single to left center, which knotted the affair at 3-3. On a heads up play, Sarty advanced to second on RU's attempt to throw out Williams at home. Now with the momentum on its side, W&M struck while the iron was hot as Nutter ripped a single into left field, which brought around Sarty for the clinching run.
The Tribe returns to action when it hosts Liberty on Tuesday, March 12. The first pitch at Plumeri Park is scheduled for 4 p.m. and fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats.