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The William & Mary baseball team scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back in a 9-5 victory over James Madison.
With the win, W&M completed a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series sweep and improves to 18-19, 9-6 in CAA play, while the Dukes fall to 12-24, 2-14 in league action.
Senior Willie Shaw and freshmen Cullen Large and Ryan Hall all collected two hit games in the victory. Shaw and sophomore Tim Hoehn collected a pair of RBI. For the second straight day all nine starters picked up a hit and the game, while junior Charley Gould moved his season-long hitting streak to 14 games.
James Madison struck first for the third straight day with a run in the top of the first inning. Kevin Husum started the game with a single up the middle, before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kyle McPherson. The next at-bat, Ky Parrott singled up the middle, giving the Dukes a 1-0 lead.
William & Mary brought 12 batters to the plate and scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning. Large led off the inning with a single, moving to third on a double by junior Ryan Hissey. Gould followed with a walk, loading the bases. Hoehn singled to center scoring the first two runs of the game.
After an out, junior Josh Smith singled scoring Gould. The rally continued as Hall and Shaw each singled bring home runs. A base hit from sophomore Ryder Miconi reloaded the bases, before Large groundout scoring Hall. The final run of the inning came home on an James Madison error, giving W&M a 7-1 lead.
The Tribe added a run in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, senior Devin White walked, moving to second on a two-out walk to Hall. The next batter, Shaw doubled off of the right field wall, giving W&M a 8-1 lead.
W&M’s offensive rally continued with another run in the bottom of the third inning. Hissey and Gould reached on a hit by pitch, and walk, respectively. After an out, Devin White singled into left field, scoring Hissey and putting the Green and Gold up 9-1.
JMU scored a run in the top of the fourth inning, cutting into the Tribe lead. Parrott started the rally by getting hit by a pitch, moving to second a ground out. A single from Kyle Weston cut the Tribe lead to 9-2.
The Dukes continued to chip away at the Tribe’s lead with a run in the top of the sixth inning. Kyle McPherson reached on an error starting the rally, and moving to second on a single by Parrot. The first run came around on a wild pitch, before Weston singled making the score 9-4.
James Madison added a run in the top of the ninth inning, plating its third unearned run of the day. With two outs and runners on first and second, an over throw of first allowed for a run to score.
Junior Aaron Fernandez tossed 5.2 innings picking up his third win of the season. He allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits. Senior Bryson Kauhaahaa tossed 2.1 scoreless innings allowing a pair of hits and a strikeout, before junior Joseph Gaouette and came and closed the game in the ninth. He allowed an unearned run with two strikeouts.
The sweep was the third time this season that the Tribe has swept an opponent. Previously, W&M had swept Northern Kentucky and UMass Lowell.
The college concludes mid-week play with a game at VMI on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. The Green and Gold will then head to Delaware for a three-game CAA series starting Friday.