WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – In his bid to become just the fourth player in program history to record a no-hitter, William and Mary sophomore LHP Jason Inghram was two outs shy of the feat before George Mason connected on a base hit in the top half of the ninth inning. However, behind Inghram’s complete-game and career-high 15 strikeouts the Tribe downed the Patriots 7-1 on Sunday afternoon at Plumeri Park. The win, which captured the series, improves the Tribe’s record to 28-17 overall and 11-7 in CAA play, while the setback drops George Mason to 15-31 on the season and 6-18 in league action.
Inghram (6-4) was dominant all afternoon, as he didn’t allow a hit until the ninth inning. The Chesapeake, Va., native got off to a strong start as he struck out seven of the first nine batters that he faced, which included a strikeout of the side in the top half of the second. In total, he faced 31 batters, allowed one hit and one unearned run to go along with 15 strikeouts and just one walk. He retired the GMU side in order in seven of the afternoon’s nine innings as he worked 8.1 innings of no-hit ball.
At the plate, junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth set the pace with three RBIs and a run scored. Freshman catcher Ryan Hissey finished the contest with a hit and an RBI, while senior designated hitter Jackson Shaver also tallied a hit an a run driven in. Senior center fielder Ryan Brown and junior third baseman Willie Shaw each posted two hits and two runs scored. Senior right fielder Derek Lowe rounded out the 10-hit day with one hit and a run scored.
An opportunistic Tribe squad jumped out in front early, 1-0, after scoring a run in the opening frame. Shaw ignited the action with a one-out single through the left side and later advanced to third following Katz’s double to the right field fence. Lindemuth drove in Shaw for his 20th RBI of the season with a sacrifice fly out to left field.
In the bottom of the third, the Green and Gold took control as it put up a four-spot, which pushed its margin to 5-0. Infield singles defined the frame as Lindemuth and Shaver each drove in a run with singles to the left side of the Mason infield.
With Inghram dealing, W&M pushed its lead to 6-0 in the fourth as Shaw’s double down the right field chalk pushed across Brown. Before scoring W&M’s sixth run of the afternoon, Brown reached base on an infield single and positioned himself into scoring position following a swipe of second.
The Tribe scored its final run of the afternoon in the bottom of the sixth as the lead swelled to 7-0. W&M loaded the bases on one out after a pair of walks, which was followed by a fielding error. Lindemuth followed and pushed across Lowe from third on a fielder’s choice for the Tribe’s seventh run of the day.
After striking out the side in the seventh, Inghram retired the Patriots in order in the top half of the eighth as he stood one inning away from the no-hitter.
In the top half of the ninth, Inghram recorded the first out with his 14th strikeout of the day. However, GMU freshman Brandon Gum broke up the no-hit bid with a single to right field. He later scored the Patriots only run of the contest after junior Blaise Fernandez’s sacrifice fly out to center field. Inghram recorded the day’s final out in style, as he fanned his 15th batter of the contest.
Inghram’s 15 strikeouts are the most for a Tribe pitcher since former W&M standout Matt Davenport fanned 12 batters at Hofstra last season. Dough Smethurst posted the Green and Gold’s last no-hitter, which came against VCU in 1979.
W&M returns to action next weekend as it hosts Hofstra in a three-game league series. The action gets underway at Plumeri Park on Friday at 7 p.m. and fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats.