WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – On a night where runs were at a premium, the William and Mary baseball team took full advantage of its opportunities, while it rode seven and a thrid shutout innings from senior RHP John Farrell en route to a series opening win over Hofstra, 3-0, on Friday night at Plumeri Park. The win improves the Tribe’s record to 29-17 on the season and 12-7 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while the setback drops Hofstra to 23-22 overall and 8-11 in league action.
Senior RHP John Farrell (9-1) earned the victory and in the process dropped his season ERA to 2.00. The Andover, Mass., native fanned 10 batters in 7.1 innings of work as he held the Pride scoreless on just four hits. Senior LHP Matt Wainman picked up his sixth save of the season after working 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. The Woodbridge, Va., native didn’t surrender a hit and tallied two strikeouts in six batters faced.
At the plate, sophomore first baseman Michael Katz connected on his second home run of the season as he finished the contest with an RBI on one hit to go along with a run scored. Freshman catcher Ryan Hissey went 3-for-4, while senior center fielder Ryan Brown drove in a run on one hit. Freshman left fielder Jonathan Sarty connected on two hits and a run scored, while senior shortstop Ryan Williams finished the night with a hit an a run scored. Senior right fielder Derek Lowe, who came up with multiple key defensive putouts, finished the contest with a hit.
The Green and Gold was poised to strike in the bottom half of the third when Williams sent a towering shot toward the left center field wall which seemed destined to leave the park. However, Hofstra’s junior left fielder Kenny Jackson was there to make a basket catch at the warning track, as the contest remained scoreless.
W&M got on the scoreboard first with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. On a potential inning ending double play, which didn’t come to fruition, the Tribe went ahead, 1-0. Sarty, who was stationed on second base rounded home and scored the night’s first run after Hofstra’s attempt at a 4-6-3 inning ending double play was beaten out by Williams’ effort down the first base line. Brown gave W&M a 2-0 lead after his single through the left side pushed across Williams.
The Tribe pushed its margin to 3-0 after plating a run in the bottom of the sixth. Katz led the inning off with his second home run of the season, which sailed well over the left field wall just to the left of the W&M scoreboard.
In the top of the ninth, Hofstra got the leadoff man on base with a walk. However, Wainman hunkered down and retired the next three batters as W&M improved its mark to 19-6 at Plumeri Park this season.
The Tribe, who scored first for the 29th time of the season on Friday night, upped its record to 24-5 when scoring first in 2013. Additionally, W&M bolstered its mark to 24-2 when leading after six innings of play. Against the Pride, the Green and Gold owned a 3-0 advantage after six frames were in the books.
The series continues tomorrow with the first pitch at Plumeri Park slated for 4 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats.