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TOWSON, Md. – The William & Mary baseball team scored three runs in the first and survived a late scare as it topped Colonial Athletic Association foe Towson 6-5 on Saturday afternoon to level its league series.
With the win, the Tribe improves to 13-14, 5-3 in CAA play, while the Tigers fall to 7-21, 2-6 in league action.
Senior Willie Shaw and juniors Ryan Hissey and Charley Gould led the Tribe with a pair of hits apiece. Gould and Hissey each homered, while Hissey drove in a pair of runs.
William & Mary’s bats came alive in the first inning as the Tribe plated three runs in the frame. Freshman Cullen Large led off the inning with a walk. Hissey followed with a towering blast over the left center field wall. Not to be out done, Gould followed with a homer to right field. The back-to-back home runs gave, the Tribe a 3-0 lead.
Towson’s first scoring chance came in the bottom of the second inning. The Tigers were able to load the bases with two outs, but sophomore starting pitcher Nick Brown was able to get out of the jam with a strikeout.
The Tribe added two more runs in the top fourth inning. Shaw led off the inning with a double to left center field, before moving to third on a groundout. The next batter, sophomore Tim Hoehn slapped a single through the left side, plating Shaw. The rally continued as a pair of errors allowed for Hoehn to score, giving W&M a 5-0 lead.
Towson scored its first two runs of the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Richie Blosser started the inning with an infield single, before a walk to Mark Grunberg, and a single from Colin Dyer loaded the bases. After a pair of outs, A.J. Gallo singled to left center field, bringing home Towson’s first two runs, making the score 5-2.
The Tigers added a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to continue their comeback. Peter Bowels led off the inning with a single to right center, moving to second on a ground out. A single from Blosser put runners on the corners with one out, before Grunberg singled up the middle scoring Bowels. However, reliever freshman Charlie Fletcher came on and got an inning ending double play.
W&M came right back with a run in the top of the eighth inning. Shaw sparked the rally with a single, moving around the bases on a pair of outs. With two outs, junior Josh Smith singled into right field, giving the Tribe a 6-3 lead.
Towson continued to try to mount its comeback with two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Danny Caddigan led off the inning with a single, moving to a second on Policelli walk, before a single from Gallo loaded the bases. Brendan Butler followed when he shot a single up the middle, brining home two runs. The runs cut the Tribe lead to 6-5
Junior Joseph Gaouette was able to get the Tribe out of the eighth inning jam with the Tribe still up by a run. He went onto nail down the save in the bottom of the ninth inning with a three up three down frame.
Brown threw five innings for the Tribe in the game, and earned his fourth win of the season. He allowed just two runs on seven hits, while striking out six. Freshman Robert White came on in relief, and threw 1.1 innings. He allowed one run on four hits. Fletcher tossed 1.0 innings, allowing two runs on two hits. Gaouette, who was credited with his first save, scattered three hits, while striking out three.
The Green and Gold and Towson conclude their three-game series with the rubber game Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.