NORFOLK, Va. – The William and Mary baseball team posted its eighth consecutive victory, its most since the 2004 season, with a 4-0 win at Norfolk State on Wednesday night from Marty L. Miller Field. Behind four runs in the top half of the sixth, which broke a scoreless tie, and sophomore RHP J.T. Castner’s two-hit complete-game shutout, the Tribe improved its mark to 18-8 on the year, while the Spartans fell to 7-16 overall.
The Tribe, who improved to 9-4 on the road this season, is off to its best start through 26 games since a 19-7 beginning in the 2004 campaign. Additionally, tonight’s 4-0 win against the Spartans is W&M’s fifth shutout of the season as the school record for most shutouts in a year stands at seven (2012). Over the last 72 innings of action, W&M’s pitching staff has posted 67 scoreless innings of work.
Castner (2-1) worked all nine innings, recording W&M’s fourth individual complete-game shutout of the season, as he allowed just two hits to go along with eight strikeouts and no walks. The Williamsburg, Va., native retired the Spartan side in order in seven of the night’s nine innings as he faced just 29 batters for the contest. Furthermore, he lowered is season ERA to 2.15.
At the plate, freshman catcher Ryan Hissey recorded a hit, an RBI and a run scored, while junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Freshman designated hitter Charley Gould drove in a run and scored a run, while senior first baseman Jackson Shaver finished the night with two hits and an RBI.
The Green and Gold took control of the contest as it plated four runs in the sixth. Senior center fielder Ryan Brown led the inning off with a walk and later scored the first run of the contest on Gould’s fielder’s choice to the NSU shortstop. The Tribe’s second run crossed after Hissey’s bunt single to the Spartan pitcher scored Lindemuth from third. The Green and Gold’s third and fourth runs of the frame culminated when Shaver’s fielder’s choice drove in Gould, while Hissey ultimately scored on the same sequence courtesy of a throwing error from the NSU catcher.
W&M returns to the diamond this weekend as it hosts High Point in a three-game set at Plumeri Park. The series gets underway on Friday night at 7 p.m. and fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats.