Tribe Baseball Wins Seventh Straight with Victory at ECU
Updated: Friday 03/26/2013 (ET)
GREENVILLE, N.C. – The William and Mary baseball team plated two runs in the first inning and never trailed in a 10-4 victory at East Carolina on Tuesday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The Green and Gold’s impressive 35-inning streak of holding the opposition scoreless ultimately ended as ECU plated a pair of runs in the fifth, but it was the Tribe who improved its overall record to 17-8 on the year, while the Pirates fell to 11-14 overall.
On the mound, senior LHP Matt Wainman (3-2) earned the victory after the Woodbridge, Va., native allowed no earned runs, while striking out five in 5.0 innings of work. Junior RHP John Sheehan and freshman RHP Mitchell Aker combined to pitch four innings of relief. In three innings of action, Sheehan allowed two earned runs on just two hits, while Aker recorded the final three outs in the ninth.
At the plate, the Green and Gold connected on 19 hits as three freshmen led the way with three hits apiece. Freshman catcher Ryan Hissey led the attack with a 3-for-4 effort, which included two RBIs and two runs scored. Meanwhile, freshman designated hitter Charley Gould finished the afternoon with three hits and two runs batted in, while freshman left fielder Jonathan Sarty tallied three hits to go along with two runs scored. Freshman Thomas Pulisic drove in two runs on one hit, while junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth registered three hits and two runs scored. Senior first baseman Jackson Shaver and junior left fielder Willie Shaw each finished the contest with a run batted in.
The Green and Gold got off to a hot start on Tuesday afternoon as it plated two runs in the opening frame. After the Pirates retired the inning’s first out, senior center fielder Ryan Brown got things going with an infield single to the ECU second baseman. Lindemuth followed and moved Brown to second with a single through the left side. On a 0-1 offering and with two outs, Gould’s single to right field pushed across Brown as W&M took the early 1-0 advantage. Hissey gave the Tribe a 2-0 lead after his ninth RBI of the season, which was a double to left center field, drove in Lindemuth.
In the top of the fourth, W&M posted a two-spot as its advantage stretched to 4-0. Sarty’s one-out single through the middle of the infield ignited the two-run frame as the Round Hill, Va., native later advanced to third following Brown’s hit by the pitch and a Lindemuth single. With one out and the bases loaded, Shaw reached first on a fielder’s choice, which in the process plated Sarty before Brown crossed on a fielding error on the ECU pitcher.
East Carolina cut the deficit in half, 4-2, after getting on the board with two runs in the fifth. The two-run frame snapped W&M’s streak of scoreless innings, which stood at 35. After a sacrifice fly to center field plated ECU’s first run of the game, junior center fielder Dylan Brown’s single into right field pushed across senior second baseman Bryan Bass for the Pirates’ second run of the afternoon.
The Tribe countered with a pair of runs in the sixth as it pushed its advantage back to four runs, 6-2. In an inning where eight players saw at bats, Gould’s single to left center field scored Sarty from third as W&M went ahead, 5-2. The Green and Gold’s sixth run of the day, and second of the frame, occurred when Hissey pushed across Lindemuth, who was stationed at third, with a sacrifice fly out to right field.
W&M tacked on three more runs in the top of the eighth, all on two outs, as Hissey kept the frame alive with single to left field. Two batters latter, Shaver proceeded to plate the West Chester, Pa., native with a single to right field as the W&M advantage reached 7-2. Pulisic’s two-out two-RBI single that landed in left center field plated Shaver and senior shortstop Ryan Williams as the Tribe’s lead swelled, 9-2.
ECU managed to plate two runs in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly and a single as the Pirates got to within 9-4.
However, in the top of the ninth, the Green and Gold tacked on an insurance run as Hissey scored on Williams’ single to left field, which gave the Tribe the final tally of 10-4.
Tribe baseball returns to action tomorrow evening at Norfolk State. Wednesday’s first pitch at Marty L. Miller Field is slated for 6 p.m. and fans can follow the action online at NSUSpartans.com with live video ($5.99) and stats.