Tribe Baseball Drops Series Opener to No. 18 College of Charleston

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The William & Mary baseball team fell to No. 18 College of Charleston 15-2 on Friday night at Plumeri Park.

With the decision the Tribe falls to 19-23, 9-10 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while the Cougars improve to 33-9, 14-2 in league action.

Junior Josh Smith was the lone Tribe player to collect a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3. Classmate Charley Gould extended his on-base streak to 18-games with a homer in the bottom of the third inning.

Charleston plated three runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back. Ryan Brown led off the game with a double down the left field line, moving to third on a single from Alex Pastorius. A single from Carl Wise scored the game’s first run, before Blake Butler singled, scoring Pastorius. After a pair of outs, Bradley Jones doubled, giving the Cougars a 3-0 lead.

The Cougars scratched across a pair of runs in the top of the second inning. Champ Rowland sparked the rally with a leadoff in-field single. After an out, Pastorius hit a homer over the left field wall, giving CofC a 5-0 lead.

William & Mary got on the scoreboard with an unearned run in the home half of the third inning. Smith sparked the rally with a leadoff double down the left field line. He moved to third on an error, before freshman Cullen Large hit a sacrifice fly that was caught by the second baseman in right field. The run cut the score to 5-1.

The Green and Gold was able to bring the deficit to three with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Gould led of the frame with a blast over the left center field wall. His 13th of the season, made the score 5-2.

Charleston went on to score 10 unanswered runs, starting with two in the top of the fifth inning. Pastorius led of the frame with his second homer of the night to left center field. One batter later, Butler sent a homer to left, extending Charleston’s lead to 7-2.

The Cougars tacked on five runs with their biggest inning of the night in the top of the sixth. Rowland sparked the rally with a one out single, moving to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Pastorius singled to left field scoring Rowland.

Carl Wise followed with a single to right that scored Pastorius all the way to first. Butler hit his second homer of the night, an inside-the-parker, bringing home two. The final run of the inning on a Nick Pappas homer, gave the Cougars a 12-2 lead.

CofC added three more runs in the top of the ninth inning.  Ervan Roper led of the inning with the Cougars sixth homer of the game. Rowland and Brown followed with a walk and a single, respectively. A Wise double and Richter groundout accounted for the scoring, giving Charleston a 15-2 advantage.

Senior Jason Inghram was saddled with his seventh loss of the season. He went five innings allowing seven runs on 10 hits, while striking out a season-high 10 batters. His counter part, Taylor Clarke earned the win tossing seven innings, allowing two runs (one earned) one three hits. Clarke had nine strikeouts.

The Green and Gold and the Cougars continue their three-game conference today. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. The series concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday.