WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary baseball team defeated in-state counterpart Longwood, 5-2, on Wednesday evening at Plumeri Park. With the contest tied a 2-2 as play entered the bottom of the seventh, the Green and Gold plated two runs in the frame and added another in the eighth en route to the victory. The win improves the Tribe’s record to 13-8 overall, while the setback drops the Lancers to 10-10 on the year.
On the mound, senior LHP Matt Wainman
(2-2) picked up his second win of the season after allowing just two earned runs in seven innings of work. The Woodbridge, Va., native finished the night striking out nine, while surrendering just four hits. Junior RHP John Sheehan
and freshman RHP Mitchell Aker
combined to pitch two scoreless innings of relief as Aker picked up his fifth save of the year after recording the final three outs in the ninth.
At the plate, junior left fielder Willie Shaw
went 1-for-4 with three RBIs, while senior designated hitter Jackson Shaver
recorded two hits and a run batted in. Junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth
scored two runs and connected on a hit, while freshman catcher Ryan Hissey
went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Senior center fielder Ryan Brown
rounded out the effort with a hit and two runs scored to go along with two stolen bases.
The Tribe struck first on Wednesday night with a run in the bottom half of the second. Hissey led off the frame with a blistering single through the right side. The West Chester, Pa., native advanced to third after a groundout and a past ball. Junior first baseman Bobby Klein
’s sacrifice fly out to left field plated Hissey as the Green and Gold went ahead, 1-0.
In the bottom of the third, the Green and Gold added to its lead with a run. Brown’s one-out double down the right field line got things started. The Fredericksburg, Va., native inched closer to home as he swiped his sixth stolen base of the year. Shaw followed with a sacrifice fly out to right field was deep enough to plate Brown for W&M’s second run of the contest.
Longwood got on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the top half of the fifth. With two outs, the Lancers connected on back-to-back doubles as C.J. Roth’s two bagger to right center filed knotted the game at 2-2.
W&M went ahead for good as it plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh. With one out and Brown and Lindemuth on second and third, Shaw ripped a bases clearing double into left field as W&M gained a 4-2 advantage.
In the bottom half of the eighth, Shaver plated Lindemuth, for an insurance run, with a one out single to right field as the Green and Gold extended its lead to 5-2.
In the top of the ninth, Longwood loaded the bases with one out. However, Aker buckled down as he recorded the final two outs on strikeouts as the Green and Gold preserved the three-run victory.
W&M returns to action this weekend as it travels to CAA foe Northeastern for a three-game series at Friedman Diamond, which slated to get underway on Friday at 3 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats. Additionally, fans can watch the weekend series free of charge on www.gonu.com