TOWSON, Md. – Senior righthander John Farrell pitched seven shutout innings to earn his seventh victory of the season, leading William & Mary (21-11, 6-2) to a 5-2 victory over the Tigers (14-16, 6-5) in the second game of their three-game Colonial Athletic Association weekend series at John B. Schuerholz Park on Saturday afternoon.
While Farrell improved to 7-0 on the season, the Tribe needed a stellar performance by senior lefthander Matt Wainman to nail down the victory. Wainman earned his first save of the season with two innings of shutout relief.
Farrell left the game after pitching seven shutout innings. He allowed only three hits, walked one and struck out seven. In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Tigers rallied against sophomore righthander J.T. Castner. Junior second baseman Pat Fitzgerald led off with a single to right. After senior catcher Andrew Parker drew a walk, junior rightfielder Dominic Fratantuono singled to rightfield, driving in Fitzgerald. Parker advanced to third base and Fratantuono reached second on an error by senior rightfielder Derek Lowe.
At that point, Wainman came into the game. He struck out junior leftfielder Peter Bowles and sophomore first baseman Brendan Butler. However, the Tigers scored another run when a ground ball by junior Brandon Gonnella was booted, allowing Parker to score, making it a 5-2 lead. But, Wainman was undaunted and retired designated hitter Kurt Wertz on a ground ball to second base.
Wainman nailed down the victory in the ninth inning with the help of centerfielder Ryan Brown. Junior shortstop Hunter Bennett led off with a drive to deep right centerfield and Brown made a fine running catch to rob him of an extra base hit. With two outs, Fitzgerald drew a walk. Then, Parker hit a long drive to deep left centerfield that looked like a home run. But Brown went back to the fence and leaped over the top of the fence to make the game-ending catch, robbing Parker of a home run.
The Tribe gave Farrell an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. With one out, Brown drew a walk. Then, junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth smashed a triple to deep right centerfield as Brown scored the first run of the game. When sophomore first baseman Michael Katz hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, Lindemuth scored to give the Tribe a 2-0 lead.
Farrell ran into a jam in the bottom of the first inning as the Tigers loaded the bases on a hit batter and two errors. But, Farrell retired Butler on a ground ball to shortstop, ending the inning.
After allowing two runs in the first inning, sophomore righthander Paul Beers settled down and shut out the Tribe until the sixth inning. With one out in the sixth, Lindemuth singled to left. Katz doubled down the rightfield line to put two runners in scoring position. After an intentional walk to freshman Charley Gould, Beers walked junior third baseman William Shaw on a 3-2 pitch to force in a run, giving the Tribe a 3-0 advantage. A sacrifice fly by freshman catcher Ryan Hissey drove in another run to make it 4-0 before Beers retired Ryan Williams on a ground ball to third base.
In the eighth inning, Lindemuth led off with a line drive home run down the left field line that hit the top of the fence for a homer to make it 5-0.
In one of the best outings of his career, Beers pitched eight innings and allowed five runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out six. Freshman righthander Garrett Walther pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
Each team had five hits in the game. Lindemuth led the Tribe with three hits, including a single, a triple and a home run. He scored three runs and had two RBI’s. Katz and Williams each added one hit.
Gonnella led the Tigers with two hits as the Tigers stranded 10 runners on base.
Towson and William & Mary will play the third and deciding game of the series on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.