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NEWARK, Del. – The William & Mary baseball team dropped a Colonial Athletic Association series opener 8-4 at Delaware on Friday afternoon.
With the decision the Tribe falls to 19-20, 9-7 in CAA play, while the Blue Hens improve to 16-15, 5-8 in league action.
Senior Willie Shaw led the Tribe with a 3-for-4 day, while sophomore Tim Hoehn went 2-for-4 with a RBI. The Green and Gold collected 10-hits in the setback.
William & Mary struck first with a run in the top of the second inning. Senior Devin White was hit by a pitch, moving to third on a bunt single and error by junior Josh Smith. The following batter, freshman Ryan Hall singled to right field, scoring Devin White and giving the Tribe a 1-0 lead.
Delaware wasted little as the tied the score with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Ty Warrington singled to left field, moving to third on a single by Jeremy Ake. The following batter, Brock Niggebrugge hit a sacrifice fly to right, tying the score 1-1.
The Blue Hens took their first lead with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, Diaz Nardo reached on a single, sparking the rally. The next batter Gary Jones doubled off the left center field wall, scoring Nardo. The second straight double, by Greg Olenski scored Jones. The final run of the inning came on a single by Warrington, giving the Hens a 4-1 lead.
W&M responded with a run in the top of the fourth inning. Hoehn doubled down the left field line starting the rally. The next batter, Devin White single into center, scoring Hoehn cutting the Delaware lead to 4-2.
Delaware came right back and plated a run in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Giacchino singled up the middle, moving to third on a single from Lopes. The next batter Norm Dorkin doubled to right field, scoring Giacchino. A walk to Nardo reloaded the bases, before freshman relieverRobert White struck out a pair of Blue Hens ending the threat.
The Green and Gold added a run in the top of the fifth inning. Shaw led off the inning with single, moving to second on a one-out single by freshman Cullen Large. The next batter, senior Ryan Hissey singled through the right side, cutting the lead to 5-3.
Again Delaware continued to the find the answers with another in the bottom of the fifth inning. Warrington sparked the rally with a walk, moving to second on a one-out groundout. A two-out single by Giacchino gave the Hens a 6-3 lead.
The Blue Hens added a run in the home half of the sixth. Donkin led off the inning with a bunt single, moving to second on a stolen base. An errant pickoff throw allowed Donkin to score, giving them a 7-3 lead.
Delaware scored its final run of the game with a home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Nick Ligget hit a solo homer with an out, lifting the Blue Hens to an 8-3 lead.
The Tribe didn’t go quietly and rallied in the ninth for a run. Hissey started the inning with a walk, moving to second on a groundout. The next batter, Hoehn doubled to left, plating Hissey and cutting the final deficit to 8-4.
Senior Jason Inghram was saddled with his sixth loss of the season in the game. He went 3.1 innings, allowing five runs on 11 hits. He did strike out four batters. Robert White came on for an 1.2 allowing a run on a hit, and fanning three. Sophomore Daniel Powers finished the final three innings, allowing one earned run, adding a strikeout.
The college and Delaware continue their three-game series with the second game Saturday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. The series finale is slated for Sunday. That game also begins at 1 p.m.