NEWARK, Del. - Behind eight shutout innings from senior RHP John Farrell and six runs in the seventh inning, the William and Mary baseball team evened up its series at Delaware with a 9-0 win over the Blue Hens on Saturday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium. The Tribe improves to 11-8 overall and 1-1 in CAA play, while the setback drops Delaware to 10-7 on the season and 3-2 in league action.
Farrell (4-0) earned the win on Saturday afternoon after allowing no runs in eight innings of action. The Andover, Mass., native recorded eight strikeouts, while surrendering only five hits en route to his team-high fourth win of the season. Sophomore J.T. Castner saw an inning of action in the ninth, allowing no runs in five batters faced.
Offensively, senior designated hitter Jackson Shaver led the way with two hits, three RBIs and a run scored. Junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth went 4-for-6 with two runs scored, while senior shortstop Ryan Williams recorded two hits and two runs batted in. Junior first baseman Bobby Klein and freshman catcher Ryan Hissey each recorded two hits and an RBI, while senior center fielder Ryan Brown crossed home plate twice. Rounding out the effort at the plate was junior left fielder Willie Shaw, who finished the game with two hits and a run scored.
The Tribe took a 1-0 lead after pushing across a run in the top half of the fourth. Brown led off the frame reaching first base after being belted by UD's junior RHP Adam Davis. Brown then reached third after Shaw ripped a single through the right side. After the Blue Hens retired the next two batters, Hissey plated Brown after the West Chester, Pa., native blistered another single through the right side.
In the top of the seventh, the Green and Gold used a sixth-spot as it pushed the advantage to 7-0. Klein got things started with a lead off single to left field. He later advanced to second after Lindemuth's single to right field. With two outs and runners on first and second, Shaver roped a double into right field, which cleared the bases, as W&M went ahead, 3-0. A batter later, Shaver crossed home plate, after Brown's sacrifice bunt attempt turned into a UD throwing error on the pitcher. W&M's fifth and sixth runs of the contest came off of RBI bunt singles, both to the pitcher, courtesy of Williams and Hissey. The Green and Gold scored its sixth run of the frame and seventh for the afternoon when Klein's infield groundout drove in Williams.
W&M tacked on insurance runs in the top of the eighth and ninth innings as its lead swelled to 9-0. In the eighth, freshman pinch hitter Thomas Pulisic pushed across Lindemuth after being hit by the pitch with the bases loaded. Shaver drove in W&M's ninth run of the contest with a ninth inning single to center field, which drove in senior right fielder Derek Lowe.
The series concludes tomorrow with the first pitch from Bob Hannah Stadium slated for 1 p.m. Fans can follow the rubber match online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats.