WILLIAMSBURG, Va., Apr. 12, 2013 – Second baseman Ryan Lindemuth and shortstop Ryan Williams turned in RBI singles in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, to lift William and Mary to a 5-3 triumph over James Madison in the opener of a Colonial Athletic Association baseball series on Friday night at Plumeri Park.
W&M improved to 23-13 overall and 7-3 in the CAA. JMU dropped its ninth straight game overall to fall to 14-18 and lost its seventh straight CAA game to fall to 6-9 in league play.
Brett Koehler scattered 10 hits over seven innings to earn the win and improve to 4-3. He allowed three runs and struck out three. Matt Wainman worked the final two frames to post his second save. Chris Huffman took the loss for JMU after surrendering four runs, three earned, on seven hits in six innings.
Right fielder Derek Lowe was 3-for-4 with a run scored for the Tribe. Catcher Ryan Hissey was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Williams singled, drove in a row and drew two of W&M’s three walks. First baseman Jackson Shaver had the lone Tribe extra-base hit with a two-run double.
Senior designated hitter Cole McInturff (Centreville, Va./Westfield) was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI while fellow senior shortstop Casey Goss (Springfield, Mo./Glenville) also had three hits with a run scored. Both players doubled for JMU. Junior second baseman Conner Brown (Richmond, Va./Godwin) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk.
The Dukes led the Tribe in hits 11-8 but had free bases factor significantly into four of the five runs scored by W&M. William and Mary jumped on top with two runs in the second with a walk followed by a Hissey single before Shaver’s two-run double.
JMU fought back to take the lead in the fifth as senior outfielder Colby Roberts (Benton, Ark./Benton) led off with a single and came around one batter later as McInturff doubled to the corner in left field. After being sacrificed to third, McInturff scored on a RBI groundout by senior center fielder Johnny Bladel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge), who had his 27-game streak of reaching base snapped with a 0-for-5 night. Goss kept things going with an infield single and stole second before scoring on Brown’s RBI shot up the middle for a 3-2 lead.
W&M bounced back to tie the game in the fifth as Lindemuth reached on a one-out error and was pushed into scoring position by a hit batter. He scored on Hissey’s RBI single to right field for the unearned run.
After JMU put runners on the corners with no outs in the sixth and couldn’t convert, W&M took the lead in the bottom of the frame. Lowe singled with one out and again the Tribe had the lead runner pushed into scoring position by a hit batter. With two outs, Lindemuth singled through the right side for the go-ahead run.
A Tribe insurance run also scored unearned in the seventh. A misplay at shortstop and ensuing throwaway put a runner at second with two errors. A groundout advanced designated hitter Charlie Gould to third with two outs, and he scored on Williams’ single through the right side.
JMU stranded runners at first and second in the eighth before going down in order in the ninth.
Game two of the series will be Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.