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The William & Mary baseball team dropped a heartbreaker, as Northeastern walked off in the bottom of the ninth inning taking a 3-2 victory in the opening round of the Colonial Athletic Association Championship in Charleston, S.C. on Thursday morning.
With the decision the Tribe falls to 22-29, while the Huskies improve to 25-28.
Sophomore Matthew Tilley led the Tribe with a pair of hits and an RBI, while senior Willie Shaw had the Tribe’s other RBI.
William & Mary jumped out to an early lead with a run in the top of the first inning. Freshman Cullen Large led off the game, shooting a single up the middle, before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by classmate Ryan Hall. The next batter, Shaw singled up the middle, giving W&M a 1-0 lead.
Northeastern tied the game as they plated a run in the bottom of the second. Cam Hanley and Pat Madigan led off the inning with back-to-back singles, moving to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Treff. The next batter, Nolan Lang flew out to right, but it was enough for a run, tying the score 1-1.
The Tribe nearly took the lead in the top of the fifth inning, but the Huskies used some defense to get out of the jam. Tilley led off the inning with a single, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Zach Newell. Back-to-back walks to Large and Hall loaded the bases. However, the Huskies were able to turn two, getting out of the jam.
NU claimed its first lead with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, Gabe Levanti doubled down the left field line. Maxwell Burt followed suite with a double as well, giving the Huskies a 2-1 advantage.
The Green and Gold came right back in the top of the sixth and retied the score. Senior Devin White led off the inning with a single, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Tim Hoehn. After a single by sophomore Ryder Miconi, Devin White was thrown out on a squeeze attempt at the plate. With two outs, Tilley singled into right field, tying the score at 2-2.
Northeastern walked off with the victory in the ninth inning. Lavanti led off the inning with a single. After an out, a single and a hit by pitch loaded the bases. The next batter, Rob Fonseca singled to left, giving the Huskies a 3-2 victory.
Senior Jason Inghram made the start for the Tribe tossing 8.1 innings and was saddled with his eighth loss of the season. He allowed just three runs, while scattering 11 hits, and had six strikeouts.
The Green and Gold return to action later today when they face No. 5-seeded Delaware in an elimination game. First pitch for that game is set for 1:30 p.m.