WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary baseball team defeated instate rival Richmond, 7-6, at Plumeri Park on Wednesday night. In a back-and-forth contest, the Tribe scored the night’s final three runs as it upped its overall mark to 26-13 on the season, while Richmond fell to 23-12 overall.
Junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth led the offensive attack with three hits, three RBIs and a run scored. Senior center fielder Ryan Brown went 2-for-3 with a run batted in and two runs scored, while freshman catcher Ryan Hissey finished the night with two RBIs and a hit. Sophomore first baseman Michael Katz rounded out the effort with an RBI on one hit.
On the mound, sophomore RHP J.T. Castner worked six innings and allowed just three earned runs in his seventh start of the season. Junior RHP John Sheehan (4-2) picked up the win after working two scoreless innings of relief. Senior LHP Matt Wainman registered his fifth save of the season after allowing no runs in the ninth.
The Spiders initiated the scoring on Wednesday night with a run in the opening frame. Junior second baseman Adam Forrer’s two-out RBI single to right field pushed across freshman right fielder Tanner Stanley as UR grabbed an early 1-0 lead.
W&M responded in the bottom half with a pair of runs as it took a 2-1 advantage. Lindemuth drove in the Tribe’s first run of the night on a one-out double down the left field line, which drove in Brown. Katz followed with another double, down the right field line, which pushed across Lindemuth as W&M went ahead, 2-1.
In the bottom of the second, the Tribe extended its lead to 3-1 after plating a run. Senior right fielder Derek Lowe and Brown led the inning off with back-to-back walks and later advanced to second and third following junior third baseman Willie Shaw’s sacrifice bunt. Lindemuth proceeded to plate Lowe after ripping a single through the left side of the infield as W&M extended its margin by two runs.
In the top half of the third, Richmond tied the contest at 3-3 after senior designated hitter Jacob Mayers connected on a two-run home run over the left field wall.
The Green and Gold went back in front, 4-3, after Hissey’s single to left center field pushed across Brown in the bottom of the fourth.
The Spiders regained a 6-4 lead after freshman shortstop Tyler Beckwith belted a three-run home run over the left field wall in the top half of the sixth.
Once again, the Tribe tied the affair after plating two runs in the bottom half. Lindemuth plated W&M’s fifth run of the night on a single to right center field, which pushed across Brown. With one out, Hissey’s sacrifice bunt pushed across Shaw from third as the Tribe knotted things up at 6-6.
W&M plated the eventual go ahead run in bottom of the seventh. Senior Jackson Shaver led the inning off with a single up the middle and later advanced to second following senior shortstop Ryan Williams’ sacrifice bunt. Freshman Brian Lee came in as a pinch runner for Shaver and advanced to third after an infield groundout. With two outs, Brown’s single to third base plated Lee as the Tribe grabbed a 7-6 advantage.
In the top of the ninth, Wainman retired the first two batters before Richmond made things interesting with a single to right field. However, the Woodbridge, Va., native registered the final out on a strikeout as W&M preserved the 7-6 victory.
The Tribe returns to action at Old Dominion this weekend. The three-game series in Norfolk, Va., gets underway at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex on Friday night at 6 p.m. and can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats.