WILLIAMSBURG – Five William and Mary baseball players tallied at least two hits Sunday and three had three hits as the Tribe closed out a 2-1 nonconference series win over Georgetown with its best offensive showing of the season.
The 16-2 victory marked the most runs scored in a game this season for William and Mary, which is 8-2 in its last 10 contests entering Tuesday’s game at Virginia Tech. In each of those eight wins, the Tribe has scored more than 10 runs. The other victories came against Norfolk State (1), Elon (2), Richmond (1), and Hofstra (2).
“I think the depth of our offense has been pretty good,” Tribe coach Brian Murphy said. “The depth of our lineup – It’s kind of been a different guy every night.”
On Saturday, it was senior Josh Smith with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to lift William and Mary to a 10-9 win after it fell 8-6 in 13 innings in the series opener Friday.
The Tribe had already burned through six bullpen arms following a seven-inning outing from Nick Brown in the defeat. Smith, having already homered to give William and Mary the lead in the seventh inning, made certain there would be no more extras after the Hoyas tied it at 9 in the eighth inning. The Great Falls product hit his fourth round-tripper of the season with one out to give sophomore right-handed pitcher Robert White the win.
“Sometimes if you’re going to have a good season, you have to steal a couple along the way,” Murphy said. “To get that hit from Josh there was big for us.”
No such dramatics ensued Sunday afternoon as William and Mary went ahead for good in the third inning of the blowout with a four-run frame.
Junior Charles Ameer was 3-for-3 with two home runs and was joined by senior Charley Gould (2 RBIs) and junior Cullen Large (4 RBIs) with three hits.
Sophomore Ryan Hall and freshman Kyle Wrighte each tallied two hits for the Tribe, which got seven innings out of junior right-hander Dan Powers (4-1) in the win before Mitchell Aker closed out the game.
“The first two games they held their own and they pitched pretty well, honestly,” Ameer said of Georgetown. “They had our number. On Sundays, we come out and we swing it like we should. And when we get a performance like Dan gave us today, it’s pretty easy when you’re up and you know your pitcher is not going to give up any runs.”
It was Powers’ best showing since seven innings of shutout work in the season-opening series at Charlotte.
On Sunday, the Vienna native scattered nine hits and allowed one earned run.
“I thought the big thing for him today was he was really efficient,” Murphy said. “He did a good job of kind of getting them to hit his pitches early on in the count.”
The trick now for the Tribe will be getting more consistency from its bullpen, Murphy said.
William and Mary will follow Tuesday’s game in Blacksburg with another one-off on the road Wednesday at Old Dominion before welcoming reigning CAA-champion UNC Wilmington (15-9, 2-2 CAA) for a weekend set.
The Tribe improved to 9-1 at Plumeri Park with Sunday’s win and the 8-2 showing in the last 10 games followed a 1-7 mark in a California road trip against Oregon State, San Diego, host Cal State Northridge, and Connecticut.
“It was tough to go through those eight games,” Powers said, “but since coming back – We love being home. We love to play at home in front of the crowd that’s here. We’re just settling into these games, not trying to do too much in any situation.”
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