WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary baseball team captured the series win against High Point with a 9-5 victory over the Panthers in Sunday afternoon’s rubber match at Plumeri Park. The Green and Gold built a commanding 5-0 advantage through four innings of play en route to the triumph as it upped its overall mark to 20-9, while the setback drops High Point to 14-14 on the season.
On the mound, sophomore LHP Jason Inghram (4-2) picked up his fourth win of the season after working six innings in which he allowed just two earned runs on six hits and eight strikeouts. Junior RHP John Sheehan and freshman RHP Mitchell Aker combined to work three innings of relief as Sheehan worked the seventh and eighth before Mitchell pitched the ninth.
At the plate, sophomore first baseman Michael Katz led the way with a 3-for-4 effort, which included three RBIs and two runs scored. Freshman catcher Ryan Hissey registered a hit and two runs batted in, while senior center fielder Ryan Brown finished the afternoon with three runs scored, two hits and an RBI. Junior left fielder Willie Shaw was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while freshman designated hitter Charley Gould ended the contest with two hits and a run scored.
W&M went ahead 1-0 after pushing across a run in the bottom half of the second. Katz led the inning off with a walk and later advanced to third following Gould’s single and Shaw’s sacrifice bunt. With one out, Hissey drove in the Falls Church, Va., native with a sacrifice fly out to deep right field.
In the bottom of the third, the Green and Gold plated a pair of runs as it extended its margin to 3-0. With two outs, Katz roped a double into left field, which plated Lindemuth and Brown.
The Green and Gold pushed its advantage to 5-0 after scoring two runs in the fourth. Once again the Tribe struck with two outs. This time, freshman left fielder Jonathan Sarty pushed across Shaw with a slicing single down the right field line. Brown followed and gave W&M the five-run cushion as his single through the middle of the infield drove in senior right fielder Derek Lowe.
High Point got on the scoreboard after scoring two run in the sixth. Sophomore Mike Miedzianowski plated both runs with a two-out triple to the left center field wall as the Panthers cut the deficit to 5-2.
The Tribe responded in the bottom half with a run as Lindemuth pushed across Brown with a single to right field, which made the scored 6-3 in favor of the Green and Gold.
High Point tacked on a run in the top half of the seventh but W&M put the contest out of reach with a three-spot in the eighth. Katz initiated the three-run frame with a single through the left side, which plated Brown from third. Two batters latter and with runners first and second, Shaw smashed a double down the right field chalk which brought around Katz for the Tribe’s eighth run of the afternoon. Hissey drove in Gould for W&M’s final run of the contest with a single through the left side.
Before it was all said and done, High Point added two runs in the ninth, making the final tally 9-5. Graduate senior Adam Barry drove in himself and Miedzianowski with a home run over the right field wall.
The Tribe returns to action on Tuesday, April 2, as it travels to Richmond for a contest scheduled to get underway at 3 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats.