WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary baseball team completed its three-game sweep of instate rival James Madison with an 8-4 win over the Dukes on Sunday afternoon at Plumeri Park. The Tribe, who has now posted consecutive sweeps over JMU dating back to last season, used a five-run first inning en route to improving its overall record to 25-13 and Colonial Athletic Association ledger to 9-3. With the loss, James Madison falls to 14-20 on the season and 6-11 in league action.
At the plate, senior shortstop Ryan Williams went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored, while freshman left fielder Jonathan Sarty also drove in two runs on one hit. Senior center fielder Ryan Brown went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, while senior right fielder Derek Lowe and freshman catcher Ryan Hissey each registered a run batted in.
Sophomore LHP Jason Inghram (5-3) earned the victory after allowing just one earned run on nine hits in five innings of work. The Chesapeake, Va., native finished the contest with three strikeouts compared to just one walk. Junior RHP John Sheehan and senior LHP Matt Wainman combined to pitch four scoreless innings of relief in which the duo allowed just one hit apiece. In the top of the ninth, Wainman retired the Dukes in order en route to his fourth save of the season.
In a potential multi-run frame, the Green and Gold held JMU to a run in the opening inning of play. Junior Chad Carroll’s single to right field plated senior leadoff man Johnny Bladel and in junior Connor Brown’s attempt to score from second, senior right fielder Derek Lowe threw out the Richmond, Va., native at the plate in his attempt to make the scored 2-0 in favor of JMU.
W&M exploded for five runs in the bottom half as all nine batters made a plate appearance. Hissey ignited the onslaught with a bases loaded walk, which pushed across Brown as the Tribe tied the contest at 1-1. Sarty followed with a double down the right field chalk, which brought around junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth and sophomore first baseman Michael Katz as the Tribe went ahead, 3-1. Williams proceeded to give the Green and Gold a 5-1 advantage after smashing a single back up the middle as he plated Hissey and Sarty.
In the bottom of the second, the Tribe plated a run as it pushed its advantage to 6-1. Even though Lindemuth grounded into a double play, it was still good enough to plate Brown from third, who reached base on a single through the left side.
In the top half of the fifth, the Dukes got to within 6-4 after putting up a three-spot. Brown accounted for all three of the runs with a home run over the left field wall.
The Tribe put the contest out of reach after scoring two insurance runs, both on two outs, in the bottom half of the eighth. Williams sparked the two-out rally with a double down the left field line and after advancing to third following a wild pitch, he scored on Lowe’s single that deflected into shallow center field after hitting the JMU pitcher. Lowe, who moved himself into scoring position after swiping second, scored the Tribe’s eighth and final run of the contest on Brown’s single to right field.
Wainman made quick work of the Dukes in the ninth as he retired the side in order, which secured the series sweep and the four-run victory.
The Tribe returns to action against Richmond on Wednesday, April 17. The first pitch from Plumeri Park is scheduled for 7 p.m. and fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats.