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Sophomore Nick Brown turned in his first career complete game as he hurled the Tribe to a 10-3 victory over James Madison in front of a season-high 738 fans at Plumeri Park on Saturday afternoon.
With the decision, the Tribe took the Colonial Athletic Association weekend series and improved to 17-19, 8-6 in CAA play, while the Dukes fell to 12-23, 2-12 in league action.
Brown was sensational on the mound Saturday afternoon. He allowed just two hits after the second inning, including a stretch of retiring 11 of 12 batters from the fifth to the eighth inning. He finished the game scattering just three earned runs on six hits, while striking out three.
Offensively, all nine starters recorded a hit, as senior Devin White and junior Ryan Hissey led the Tribe with three hits apiece. Devin White and junior Charley Gould also drove in three runs each, while Gould extended his season-long hitting streak to 12-games. The 12-game hitting streak is tied for the longest of any Tribe player this season.
For the second straight day, James Madison scored first with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning. With an out, Kyle McPherson singled, moving to second on a wild pitch. A single to center from Bobby San Martin scored the game’s first run. With two outs, Michael Sciorra singled to right, giving the Dukes a 2-0 lead.
W&M answered scoring a run in the home half of the third inning. With one out, freshman Cullen Large sparked the rally with a single, moving to third on a single from Hissey. The next batter, Gould doubled to the left center field wall, scoring Large. The Tribe looked to have its second run, but James Madison turned an 8-5 double play, before the Green and Gold cashed in its second run. The previous run cut the lead to 2-1.
The Green and Gold added a run in the bottom of the fourth. Devin White opened the inning with a homer off of the scoreboard in left field. The run tied the score 2-2.
For the third straight inning, the Tribe added a run and took the lead for good in bottom of the fifth. With one out, Hissey doubled into left center field, moving to third on a wild pitch. Gould followed with a groundout, but it was enough to score Hissey, giving W&M a 3-2 advantage.
The College added its fourth run of the day with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Junior Josh Smith reached on a fielder’s choice, before moving to third on back-to-back singles from freshmanRyan Hall and senior Willie Shaw, loading the bases. A balk call allowed for Smith to score, moving the Tribe’s lead to 4-2.
W&M put the game out of reach with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Hissey and Gould reached on back-to-back walks, starting the frame. The next batter, Tim Hoehn laid down a sacrifice bunt, but the relay throw was thrown away, allowing Hissey to score. The next batter, Devin White singled into right field, clearing the bases, and giving the Tribe a 7-2 advantage.
The Tribe added the exclamation point with three more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Sophomore Ryder Miconi sparked the rally with a double off of the right field wall. The batter, Large singled on a bunt, putting runners on the corners with nobody out. Hissey and Gould followed with back-to-back singles, bring home a pair of runs. Hoehn followed in the hit parade, scoring the Tribe’s third run of the inning.
James Madison tacked on a run in the top of the ninth inning. Ky Parrott and Brett Johnson each walked, leading off the frame. With two outs, Kyle Weston flared a single into right, cutting the lead to 10-3.
The Green and Gold looks for the sweep as the series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. Prior to the contest, the Tribe baseball program will honor new W&M Hall of Famer Bill Bray in a 12:45 p.m. ceremony.