WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - After defeating Old Dominion on Saturday afternoon, the William and Mary baseball team dropped two contests to the Monarchs Sunday afternoon at Plumeri Park. In the seven-inning affair game that was game one, W&M's tying run was thrown out at the plate in the bottom of the seventh, as ODU squeaked past the Tribe, 2-1. In game two, the Green and Gold led, 4-3, after four innings of play, but ODU scored six unanswered runs en route to the, 9-4, win. The setbacks drop the College to an overall record of 28-20 and a CAA ledger of 11-13, while Old Dominion improves to 18-28 on the year and 8-16 in league action.
Game 1 (7)
At the plate, junior second baseman Kevin Nutter went 1-for-3 with an RBI to lead W&M. Freshman right fielder Josh Smith tallied one hit and a run scored, while senior catcher Chris Forsten recorded a hit. Rounding out the Tribe output was senior designated hitter Sean Aiken and sophomore third baseman Ryan Lindemuth, who each notched a hit.
Senior RHP Matt Davenport (6-4) took the loss but pitched a solid game, surrendering just one earned run, while striking out 11 Monarchs in all seven innings of work. Old Dominion's senior RHP Ben Tomchick (3-4) earned the victory, allowing one earned run in six innings of action.
Old Dominion got on the scoreboard first as it plated a pair of runs in the opening frame. With two outs, junior first baseman Austin McGowan plated senior left fielder Chris Baker with a single to right field. Senior designated hitter Josh Tutwiler scored ODU's second run of the inning from third on a W&M past ball.
W&M cut the ODU lead down to 2-1 as it pushed across a run in the bottom half of the sixth. Smith started the inning with a leadoff single through the middle of the infield. Nutter followed with a double down the right field line, which plated Smith for the College's first run of the afternoon.
In the bottom of the seventh, Aiken led off the inning with a single to center field. Freshman J.T. Castner then substituted for Aiken as a pinch runner. With no outs, junior center fielder Ryan Brown moved Castner into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. After ODU recorded the frame's second out, Forsten ripped a single into left field, and in an attempt to score the game-tying run from second, Castner was thrown out at home from left field to end the contest.
Game 2 (9)
Junior shortstop Ryan Williams went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored to lead the Tribe bats. Senior designated hitter Sean Aiken tallied two hits and two runs scored. Senior catcher Chris Forsten and junior second baseman Kevin Nutter each recorded two hits, while freshman first baseman Michael Katz finished the contest with a hit and a run scored.
Senior LHP Cole Shain (5-3) took the loss in his 4.1 innings of work. Junior LHP Matt Wainman worked 3.2 innings of relief, surrendering just one earned run, while striking out three. ODU's junior reliever RHP Brandon Smith (8-1) earned the victory as he pitched 4.1 innings of relief, allowing no runs on just three hits.
The Tribe struck first with a run in the second inning. Aiken led off the frame with a single through the left side. He later advanced to third after a failed pickoff attempt from ODU's starting RHP pitcher freshman Greg Tomchick. With two outs, Aiken scored the College's first run as he scored on a Tomchick wild pitch.
ODU responded with three runs in the top half of the third. With the bases loaded, junior first baseman Austin McGowan cleared the bases with a double to left field, giving the Monarchs a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Green and Gold scored a trio of runs as it regained the advantage at 4-3. Katz got the three-run frame started with a one out single through the left side. Aiken followed with a single through the right side, which moved Katz to second. With two outs, Williams drove in the pair after he belted a double that rolled to the left center field wall.
Old Dominion went back ahead, 5-4, by scoring a run in top of the fifth. Senior second baseman Brandon Shelton drove in senior designated hitter Josh Tutwiler on a sacrifice fly to right field.
In the top of the sixth, the Monarch's extended its lead to 7-4 after plating a pair of runs in the frame.
The Monarchs added two insurance runs in the top half of the ninth, pushing its lead to the final score of 9-4.
The College returns to action on Thursday, May 10, as it plays hosts to UNCW in a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series. Thursday's first pitch from Plumeri Park is scheduled for 7 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats.