WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary baseball team opened its Colonial Athletic Association home schedule in style with a 5-3 victory over James Madison on Friday night at Plumeri Park. In a back-and-forth affair, W&M broke open a 3-3 tie with runs in the sixth and seventh innings en route to improving its overall record to 23-13 on the season and 7-3 in CAA play. The setback drops James Madison to 14-18 overall and 6-9 in league action.
Senior RHP Brett Koehler improved to 4-3 on the year after pitching seven innings in which he allowed just three earned runs on nine hits while posting three strikeouts. Senior LHP Matt Wainman notched his second save of the season after tossing two shutout innings of relief in which he surrendered just one hit.
Freshman catcher Ryan Hissey went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored, while senior first baseman Jackson Shaver drove in two runs, a double to left center field, on one hit. Senior shortstop Ryan Williams and junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth each finished the contest with a hit and an RBI. Freshman designated hitter Charley Gould ended the night with two runs scored.
The Green and Gold struck first on Friday night with two runs in the second inning. Gould got things started with a one-out walk and advanced to second following Hissey’s single through the right side. With one out and runners on first and second, Shaver smashed a double into left center field, which plated the pair as W&M took a 2-0 advantage.
JMU took a 3-2 advantage after scoring three runs in the top half of the fifth. After the Dukes tied the affair at 2-2, junior Connor Brown’s single through the middle of the infield pushed across senior Casey Goss as JMU took a one-run lead.
W&M tied the contest in the bottom half as Hissey’s two-out single to right field drove in Lindemuth from second, who reached base on a throwing error by the JMU shortstop.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Tribe took a 4-3 lead as Lindemuth’s two-out single through the right side plated senior right fielder Derek Lowe for W&M’s fourth run of the evening. The Tribe extended its margin to 5-3 with a run in the seventh. After Gould reached second base on a fielding and throwing error by JMU, Williams plated the Lake Forest, Ill., native with a two-out single through the right side.
In the top of the ninth and down to their last three outs, James Madison tried to ignite a final rally but Wainman retired the Dukes in order to preserve the 5-3 win.
The series continues tomorrow with the first pitch from Plumeri Park scheduled for 4 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats.