Tribe Baseball Captures Series Opener at Northeastern, 1-0
Updated: Friday 03/22/2013 (ET)
BOSTON, Mass. – Behind senior RHP Brett Koehler’s complete-game shutout, the William and Mary baseball team extended its winning streak to four games with a 1-0 victory at Northeastern on Friday afternoon. The Green and Gold plated the afternoon’s lone run in the top of the fifth as it improved its overall record to 14-8 and CAA mark to 3-1. The setback drops the Huskies to 10-9 on the season and 2-5 in league action.
Koehler (3-2), who dropped his season ERA to 3.21, scattered just six hits and posted five strikeouts en route to his third victory of the year. The Glen Gardner, N.J., native surrendered just one walk in the 32 batters that he faced. At the plate, senior right fielder Derek Lowe recorded an RBI on one hit, while junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth connected on a double to left center field in the eighth inning. Rounding out the effort was freshman catcher Ryan Hissey, who tallied a run scored.
The Green and Gold scored the eventual go-ahead run in the top half of the fifth. After the Huskies retired the first batter, Hissey reached base on a fielding error by the NU pitcher. After a walk and a fielder’s choice, Hissey landed on third and from there, Lowe’s single through the left side plated the West Chester, Pa., native as the Tribe went ahead, 1-0.
In top of the seventh, the Huskies threatened as Rob Fonseca led the frame off with a single through the left side. Fonseca advanced to second following a sacrifice bunt. With one out and a runner in scoring position, designated hitter Justin Kessler ripped a line drive that had the potential of tying the affair, but senior shortstop Ryan Williams was there to make the snag as he proceeded to end the threat after doubling Fonseca up at second.
Koehler persevered the Tribe’s 1-0 victory, and third-straight in conference play, after he retired the last six outs in order.
The series continues tomorrow with the first pitch from Friedman Diamond slated for 1 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats. Additionally, fans can watch the action live free of charge on www.gonu.com.