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The William & Mary baseball team scored eight runs in the bottom of the third inning, and never looked back in a 17-7 triumph over James Madison.
With the win, the Tribe improved to 16-19, 7-6 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while the Dukes fall to 12-22, 2-11 in league action.
Eight of the Tribe’s nine starters recorded a hit in the game as the team had 20 hits total. All 10 players that had a plate appearance reached base. Senior Willie Shaw went 5-for-5 with three RBI, while junior Charley Gould nearly matched him with a 5-for-6 game and three RBI. Senior Devin White, junior Ryan Hissey, sophomore Ryder Miconi, and freshman Ryan Hall all had multi-hit games.
James Madison started the scoring picking up a run in the top of the second inning. Chad Carroll led off the inning with a walk, moving all the way to third on a pair of groundouts. A two-out single by Bobby San Martin gave the Dukes a 1-0 lead.
William and Mary tied the game with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Junior Josh Smith started the rally by getting hit by a pitch, before moving to third on a two-out single from Shaw. The next batter, Miconi singled into right center field, scoring Smith, tying the game 1-1.
The Tribe took the lead for good as they sent 14 batters to the plate and scored eight times in the bottom of the third inning. Hissey led off the frame with a single, moving to second on a single from Gould. A sacrifice bunt by sophomore Tim Hoehn moved the runners up 90 feet, before Devin White hit a sac fly to right field.
With two outs, back-to-back walks to Smith and Hall loaded the bases. Shaw followed with a single through the left side scoring both Gould and Smith. The rally continued as Miconi singled to left scoring the fourth run of the inning.
Large continued the onslaught with an RBI single, before Hissey was hit by a pitch reloading the bases. Gould and Hoehn followed with back-to-back singles, giving the Tribe a 9-1 advantage.
For the third straight inning, W&M scored a run with one in the bottom of the fourth. Hall and Shaw led off the frame with back-to-back singles. A 4-6-3 double play allowed for Hall to score, making the score 10-1.
The Dukes added three more runs in the top of the fifth inning. With two outs, Josh Wyatt was hit by a pitch, starting the rally. The next batter, Kevin Husum tripled into left center field, scoring Wyatt from first. Kyle McPherson followed with a homer to left center, cutting the Tribe lead to 10-4.
W&M continued its strong offensive night with a pair of runs in the home half of the fifth. Hissey sparked the rally with a walk, scoring on a double into the right centerfield gap by Gould. Gould later came around to score on a Dukes’ error, giving W&M a 12-4 lead.
JMU cut the lead by one in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Kyle Weston homered over the left center field wall, cutting the score to 12-5.
The Green and Gold added five more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Hissey started the rally with a double, coming around on a single from Gould. A walk to Hoehn put runners on first and second, when Devin White double that cleared the bases. Smith followed with a walk, before a single and an error allowed White to score. Hall followed with a single that scored Smith, before Shaw singled brining home the final run of the inning, giving W&M a 17-5 lead.
James Madison added two more runs in the top of the eighth inning. McPherson led off the inning with an infield single, before Carroll was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second. The next batter, Ky Parrott doubled bringing home both runs.
Senior Jason Inghram recorded his second win of the season tossing seven innings allowing five runs on four hits. He picked up five strikeouts as he moved within one career win of the W&M school record of 25. Freshman Michael Toner pitched the final two innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and a strikeout.
The college and James Madison continue their three game leagues series 4 p.m. Saturday. The series concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday. Prior to Sunday’s finale, the W&M baseball program will honor new W&M Hall of Famer Bill Bray in a 12:45 p.m. ceremony.