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FARMVILLE – The William & Mary baseball team dropped a mid-week decision 7-4 at Longwood on Wednesday night.
After more than hour rain delay in the top of the fourth inning, the Lancers were able to hang on late, improving to 14-17, while the Tribe fell to 14-15.
Freshman Cullen Large led the Tribe going 4-for-6 with one RBI, a run scored and a double. Juniors Charley Gould and Josh Smith each collected two hits. The three players accounted for all eight of the Tribe’s hit. Gould dove in three of four RBIs for the Green and Gold.
For the third straight game, William & Mary scored and the first inning of the game. Large led off the inning with a single, but the next batter junior Ryan Hissey reached on a fielder’s choice. Gould followed with a double, to right center, scoring Hissey all the way from first and giving the Tribe a 1-0 lead.
The Tribe added a run in the top of the second inning. Smith started the rally with a single up the middle, moving to second when sophomore Matthew Tilley was hit by a pitch. With one out, Large roped a single into right field, brining home Smith and putting the Green and Gold a 2-0 lead.
Longwood responded with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Travis Biddix led off the inning with a walk, moving to second on a single from Brandon Delk. The next batter, Alex Lewis laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving the runners up 90 feet. A groundout from Michael Osinski allowed for Biddix to score, cutting the W&M lead to 2-1.
The Lancers took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. A pair of walks to Brandon Harvell and C.J. Roth putt runners on first and second. During the next at-bat, both runners stole, putting them both in scoring position. Colton Konvicka, followed, with a single to center, scoring Harvell. With two outs, Biddix singled into right field clearing the bases, and giving Longwood a 4-2 lead.
LU took advantage of a pair of Tribe errors and scored a unearned run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Alex Lewis and Osinski each reached on consecutive errors. The following batter, Harvell hit a sacrifice fly to right field, giving the Lancers a 5-2 lead.
The Lancers took advantage of another unearned run in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, Harvell started the rally with a walk, and the moved to second a steal. The next batter, Konvicka also walked, and each runner moved into scoring position on a stolen base. The run came around a passed ball and gave, the Lancers a 6-2 lead.
Longwood added another run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Kyri Washington led of the frame with a double, moving to third on a sacrifice bunt by Biddix. The next batter, Belk singled, plating Washington and giving LU a 7-2 lead.
W&M started its comeback attempt with two outs in the top of the seventh inning. Large sparked the rally with a single, moving to second on a walk to Hissey. Gould continued his recent hot streak with a double down the left field line clearing the bases. The two runs cut Longwood’s lead to 7-4.
The Tribe was able to load the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Longwood and relief pitcher Devin Gould were able to get out of the jam. Devin Gould earned the save for the Lancers.
Freshman Robert White made the start and pitched two innings allowing three runs on two hits. He was saddled with his second loss of the season. In relief, sophomore John Yoest tossed two innings without allowing an earned run, and striking out three. Junior Joseph Gaouette pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth inning, striking out two.
The Green and Gold concludes its season-long nine-game road trip with a three-game Colonial Athletic Association at UNCW. The set gets underway at 6 p.m. Friday.