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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The William & Mary baseball team took Atlantic Coast Conference foe Virginia to the wire, but fell 3-2 on Wednesday night in Charlottesville.
With the decision, the Tribe drops to 15-19, while the Cavaliers improve to 22-14.
Junior Ryan Hissey and freshman Cullen Large led the Tribe both going 2-for-4 in the game. Both players drove in runs for the Green and Gold in the setback.
William & Mary jumped on the board first with a run in the top of the third inning. Large started a two-out rally with a single to right center field. The next batter, Hissey doubled into the left center field gap, scoring Large all the way from first, and giving the Tribe a 1-0 lead.
Virginia took the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Kenny Towns led off the inning with a solo homer over the left center field wall. The next batter, Joe McCarthy singled into right, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kevin Doherty. A Tribe error allowed for Robbie Coman to reach, before Jack Gerstenmaier singled into left, giving the Cavaliers a 2-1 lead.
The Tribe retied the score with a run in the top of the fifth inning. With two outs, freshman Luca Farina, who was making his first career start, reached on a hit by a pitch, moving to second on a balk. Large singled into left field, tying the score 2-2.
W&M pitched out of a jam in the bottom of the sixth inning. Coman led off the inning with a walk, moving to second on a single from Gerstenmaier. Tribe starter junior Mitchell Aker got a strikeout, before reliever freshman Charlie Fletcher got a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat.
The Cavaliers took the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh. Daniel Pinero led of the frame with a single straight up the middle, He moved around the bases on a balk and wild pitch. Towns followed with a single up the middle, giving UVA a 3-2 lead.
Aker tossed 5.1 innings, but didn’t factor into the decision. He allowed two runs on eight hits, and struck out four. Fletcher was saddled with his first loss of the season, he allowed one run on two hits in one inning of work. JuniorAndrew White and freshman Michael Toner pitched the final 1.2 innings of the game scoreless, while Toner recorded a punchout.
The college returns home for a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series against James Madison. The series opens 7 p.m. Friday. Game two is set for 4 p.m. Saturday before the finale at 1 p.m. Sunday.