WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - After dropping a pair of games at No. 26 Virginia, the Tiger baseball team returns to Colonial Athletic Association play this weekend with a three-game series against William & mary at Plumieri Park.
The Tigers and the Tribe are scheduled to play single games on Friday evening (7:00), Saturday afternoon (4:00) and Sunday afternoon (1:00).
Entering the weekend's play, the Tigers are 12-12 overall and 6-3 in CAA action. Off to their best-ever CAA start, the Tigers are tied for second place in the CAA with Hofstra. They are one game behind CAA-leading UNC Wilmington. William and Mary has a 17-10 overall record and a 5-4 mark in the CAA.
William and Mary has been very tough on the Tigers in recent years. The Tigers haven't won a series from the Tribe since 2005 and have dropped 11 of the last 15 games played between the schools. Last year, the teams met on the final weekend of the season and they took turns knocking each other out of CAA Tournament contention as the Tribe won two of three.
The Tribe has the top pitching staff in the CAA with an amazing 2.47 E.R.A. Senior righthander Matt Davenport is the Tribe's ace. He has posted a 4-1 record with a 1.24 E.R.A. In 50.2 innings, he has 37 strikeouts and only five walks. Senior righthander Jay McCarthy has posted a 3-1 record with a 1.86 E.R.A.
Centerfielder Ryan Brown leads the Tribe with a .327 batting average. Brown has scored 30 runs in 27 games.
Sophomore Dominic Fratantuono is the Tigers' leading hitter with a .412 batting average. He leads the Tigers with 19 runs scored. Fratantuono has hit three home runs and has 12 runs batted in. Fratantuono has reached base in 21 straight games and has a .544 on-base percentage. He also leads the team with seven stolen bases.
Freshman infielder Brendan Butler is also hitting well. He is batting .362 with a team high 18 RBI's.
After their three-game series with the Tribe, the Tigers visit George Washington on Tuesday afternoon.