WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Senior designated hitter Jackson Shaver highlighted a 10-run sixth inning with a grand slam and senior RHP John Farrell became the first pitcher in W&M history to win 10 games since the 1938 campaign, as the William and Mary baseball team opened a Colonial Athletic Association series with a 15-3 thumping over Georgia State on Thursday night at Plumeri Park. The win clinches a first day bye for the Tribe in the upcoming CAA Tournament as it improves its record to 34-19 on the year and 16-9 in league action, while the setback drops Georgia State to 34-20 on the season and 13-12 in conference play.
On the mound, Farrell picked up his 10th win of the year, as he becomes the first W&M player to win 10 games in a season since Rosy Waugh accomplished the feat in 1938. In six innings of work, Farrell held one of the country’s top offensive units to just two runs on nine hits while allowing no walks. Freshman Mitchell Aker worked three innings of relief and posted two strikeouts in 13 batters faced.
At the plate, junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth led the way with a 4-for-4 effort, which included three RBIs and two runs scored. Shaver connected on two hits, one of which was a grand slam, as the Williamsburg, Va., native finished the night with four RBIs and a run scored. Junior third baseman Willie Shaw posted three RBIs and a run scored on a 3-for-5 effort, while freshman catcher Ryan Hissey tallied three hits, two RBIs and a run scored. Sophomore first baseman Michael Katz went 2-for-4 with an RBI and four runs scored, while freshman left fielder Jonathan Sarty drove in a run. Seniors Ryan Brown and Ryan Williams each finished the night with a hit and two runs scored.
W&M struck first on Thursday night with a run in the opening inning. After Katz reached base on a fielder’s choice, Lindemuth plated the Falls Chruch, Va., native with a double that rolled all the way to the left field wall. The RBI was Lindemuth’s 30th of the season, while the run scored was Katz’s 34th of the spring.
Georgia State responded with a pair of runs in the top half of the third. Freshman Josh Merrigan led the inning off with a solo home run down the right field line as GSU knotted the scored at 1-1. With two outs, sophomore Caden Bailey sent a chopper through the right side, which pushed across GSU’s second run of the night.
The Green and Gold countered with two runs in the bottom of the third as it regained a 3-2 lead. Katz tied the contest, 2-2, after his bloop single landed in shallow center field, which plated Brown. Lindemuth followed and belted a double into right field as Katz scored the eventual go-ahead run.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Tribe tacked on another run as it increased its advantage to 4-2. Lindemuth crushed an offering to the left center field wall as he pushed across Katz from first, who reached base on a single to right field.
W&M put the contest out of reach with a 10-spot in the bottom half of the sixth. The frame was highlighted by Shaver’s grand slam over the right field wall, which pushed the Green and Gold advantage to 13-2. The home run was the first of Shaver’s career. Shaw accounted for two hits and three RBIs in the frame, as his third RBI of the inning, a single through the left side, plated Williams for the Tribe’s 14th run of the night. Earlier in the inning, Hissey gave W&M a 9-2 advantage after his single through the right side plated Katz and Shaw.
The two squads traded runs in the seventh as the final tally ended with the Tribe owning a 12-run margin, 15-3, as it tied a school-record with its 16 conference win of the season.
The series concludes tomorrow with a doubleheader, which is scheduled to get underway from Plumeri Park at 2 p.m. This is a change from the original schedule as inclement weather is in the forecast for Williamsburg on Saturday. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats.