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TOWSON, Md. – Junior Charley Gould powered the William & Mary baseball team to an 8-3 victory over Towson to claim the weekend Colonial Athletic Association series on Sunday afternoon.
With the win, W&M improves to 14-14, 6-3 in CAA play, while the Tigers drop to 7-22, 2-7 in league action.
Gould led the Tribe going 3-for-3 with three homers, two walks and five RBI. Senior Devin White and freshman Cullen Large also recorded multi-hit games for the Green and Gold.
For the second straight day, William & Mary got on the board first with a pair of runs in the first inning. Large led off the game with a double down the left field line sparking the rally. After an out, Gould blasted a two-run shot over the right field fence, lifting W&M to a 2-0 lead.
Gould flexed his muscles again in the top of the third inning. With one out, the Lake Forest, Illinois native lifted another homer over the right field wall. His second long ball of the day and eighth of the season, gave W&M a 3-0 advantage.
The Tribe scored two more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Junior Ryan Hissey led off the inning by reaching on an error, moving to second on a walk to Gould. A sacrifice bunt from Devin White, pushed both runners to second and third. A wild pitch allowed for Hissey to score, before seniorWillie Shaw singled up the middle. The runs pushed the Green and Gold’s advantage to 5-0.
Towson clawed back with a run in the home half of the fifth inning. Richie Blosser started the rally with an infield single, moving to second on a walk to Colin Dyer. Both runners moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch, before Chris Henze groundout bringing around the Tigers’ first run.
W&M stormed right back with three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Sophomore Porter Reinhart led off the inning with a double down the left field line, moving to third on a bunt single from Large. A sacrifice fly from Hissey allowed for Reinhart to score. The next batter, Gould then connected on his third home run of the afternoon, giving the College an 8-1 lead.
The Tigers added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning. A.J. Gallo started the inning with a double down the right field line, moving to third on a groundout. Peter Bowles brought around the run a sacrifice fly to center. The run cut the Tribe lead to 8-2.
Towson tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning, but could only muster one run. Mark Grunberg started the rally with a single, moving to second on a single from Blosser. After a wild pitch allowed for each runner to move up, a Dyer single scored Grunberg. However, junior reliever Mitchell Aker got a 4-6-3 double play, ending the game.
Junior Aaron Fernandez made the first weekend start of his career, and was fantastic. He went six innings allowing two runs on three hits. He struck out two batters in his second win of the season. Aker tossed the final three innings, earning his first save of the season. He surrendered one run on three hits.
With the win, W&M recorded its 15th straight Sunday victory. That includes all seven Sunday games this season.
The Green and Gold continue their nine-game road trip with the final four games of the swing next week. W&M travels to Longwood on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. The Tribe will then travel to UNCW for a three-game CAA series starting Friday.