TOWSON, Md. – The William and Mary baseball team evened up its Colonial Athletic Association series at Towson with a 5-2 victory over the Tigers at Schuerholz Park on Saturday afternoon. W&M got off to a fast start with a pair of runs in the opening frame, while senior RHP John Farrell (7-0) held the TU bats to no runs and just three hits in seven innings of work en route to his seventh victory of the season. With the win, the Green and Gold improves to 21-11 overall and 6-2 in CAA play, while Towson falls to 14-16 on the year and 6-5 in league action.
At the plate, junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth paced the W&M attack with a 3-for-4 effort, which included two RBIs and three runs scored. Sophomore first baseman Michael Katz finished the afternoon with a run batted in to go along with one hit and a run scored. Junior left fielder Willie Shaw and freshman catcher Ryan Hissey each finished the contest with an RBI. Senior LHP Matt Wainman picked up his first save of the season after allowing no hits and no runs in two innings of relief.
In the top of the first, W&M plated two runs as it jumped out to the early advantage. After TU registered the first out of the inning, senior center fielder Ryan Brown got things started with a walk. Lindemuth followed with a blistering triple to right center field, which pushed across Brown for the Tribe’s first run of the day. Katz proceeded to plate Lindemuth with a sacrifice fly out to deep center field as W&M went ahead, 2-0.
The Green and Gold extended its lead to 4-0 after scoring two runs in the top half of the sixth. Lindemuth started the two-run frame off with a one-out single to through the left side, while Katz proceeded to advance the Burke, Va., native to third with a double down the left field line. With one out and runners on second and third, Towson loaded the bases with an intentionally walk of freshman designated hitter Charley Gould. Shaw followed with a walk, which plated Lindemuth as W&M went ahead, 3-0. Hissey drove in W&M’s fourth run of the day as his RBI sacrifice fly out to center field was deep enough to plate Katz from third.
In the top of the eighth, Lindemuth sent a 1-0 offering from TU starter Paul Beers screaming down the left field line, which cleared the fencing as W&M extend its margin to 5-0. The solo shot was Lindemuth’s eighth career home run and first of the 2013 season.
After being held scoreless for seven innings, Towson got on the scoreboard with two runs in the eighth. The highlight of the inning came from junior Dominic Frantanuono, who drove in TU’s first run on a single to right field. Towson’s second run of the frame, scored by junior Brandon Gonnella, was unearned as it culminated on a W&M fielding error.
In the bottom of the ninth, Towson junior Hunter Bennett led off the frame with what seemed to be an extra bases belt to the right center field gap, however Brown was there to make an exceptional running catch, which recorded the first out of the inning. From there, Wainman recorded the final two outs as W&M improved to 6-2 in CAA action.
The series concludes tomorrow with the rubber match from Schuerholz Park scheduled for 1 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats.