William and Mary baseball hosted the Hofstra Pride this weekend at Plumeri Park. While the Pride was able to break the Tribe’s three game winning streak on Friday night, they had no such luck Saturday, as the Tribe soundly defeated Hofstra in a display of hitting and pitching dominance.
Friday’s game was tough on the Tribe due to offensive troubles and a late inning
falter in pitching. Junior Matt Davenport took the mound and had a good outing, going 8.1 innings while allowing 4 runs, three of them earned, and striking out 4, but it was not enough to overcome the Pride.
The Tribe gained the early lead in the bottom of the 1st inning with some timely
hitting. With two outs, junior Stephen Arcure slapped a double down the right field line. Then, with Arcure in scoring position, senior Jonathan Slattery smoked a single through the infield which was good enough to score Arcure from second and gave the Tribe the 1-0 lead after 1.
After Hofstra managed to tie the game in the third and take a lead in the fifth, it was the Tribe’s turn to tie the game up. Sophomore Derek Lowe led off the inning reaching base on a throwing error by Hofstra’s third baseman. Sophomore Ryan Brown would advance Lowe to second on a single, and with runners on first and second, freshman Ryan Lindemuth laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third with one out. On the next at bat, senior Derrick Osteen hit a fly ball deep enough to score Lowe from third and tie the game up at 2-2.
After three scoreless innings, Hofstra put up four in the top of the ninth, pushing the score to 6-2. A failed two out rally by the Tribe would keep that the score and end the winning streak at 3.
If Friday’s game featured a Tribe team struggling with scoring too few runs and
allowing too many, then Saturday was a reminder of what this Tribe team can do when firing on all cylinders.
Senior Logan Billbrough got the start and notched another fantastic performance on the mound, extending his scoreless innings streak to 20 while racking up 10 strikeouts on only 4 hits over 7 innings of work.
Meanwhile, the Tribe offense was dominating, with every Tribe starter recording a hit in the contest on their way to scoring 12 runs in the game. After remaining scoreless through the first two innings, the Tribe unloaded on Hofstra. Lowe led off the inning with a single to left. He was joined on base by junior Chris Forsten and Brown, who would each record bunt singles to load the bases.
Lindemuth followed this up with a single to third, scoring Lowe from third. With the bases still loaded, Osteen would lay down yet another bunt for the Tribe, recording a single and scoring Forsten. A sacrifice fly from Slattery brought Brown home and left men on first and second with 1 out. Freshman Devin White ground out but advanced runners to second and third. With two outs, junior Tadd Bower ripped a single off of the first baseman’s glove to score Lindemuth. After a wild pitch brought Osteen across to score, sophomore Ryan Williams would blast his third home run of the season, a two run shot over the left field fence. His home run capped a 7 run inning, tied for the most runs in an inning for the Tribe this season, while the 8 hits in one inning set the new mark for the Tribe this season.
William and Mary’s offense was not done, however, as they would tack on two runs in the bottom of the fourth and, in an odd sequence, three more in the seventh. After loading the bases in the seventh, the Tribe would score their three runs on three straight RBI hit-by-pitches. By the time the Hofstra offense began to get going, plating a run in the ninth, the game was already out of hand and the Tribe picked up the win, 12-1.
With Saturday’s win, the Tribe moved to 15-15 on the season and 8-6 in