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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Junior Daniel Powers tossed seven scoreless innings and the Tribe offense scored 11 runs, as the William & Mary Baseball team dropped Charlotte 11-0 on Sunday, taking the three-game series in the Queen City.
With the victory the Green and Gold improves to 2-1, while the 49ers fall to 1-2.
Powers was magnificent on the mound, scattering just six hits in his first start and win of the 2016 season. Senior Andrew White and sophomore Michael Toner pitched the final two innings of scoreless baseball to preserve the shutout. It was the first shutout for the Tribe pitching staff since a 7-0 blanking of the College of Charleston on May, 17, 2014.
Offensively everyone contributed as all 10 players that registered an official at-bat recorded a hit. Freshman Zach Pearson led the way with three hits, while senior Smith, junior Charles Ameer, and sophomore Ryan Hall recorded a pair of hits. Smith also notched his second homer in as many days.
For the third consecutive day, the Tribe scored in the first inning, striking for two runs. Hall led off the game with a single into left, which was matched by back-to-back walks by Smith and senior Charley Gould, loading the bases.
Sophomore Cullen Large grounded out to first base, but it was enough to scratch across Hall. Freshman Jason Waldman followed with another productive out this time allowing Large to score from third, and giving W&M a 2-0 advantage.
Charlotte’s first threat of the day came in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, three straight singles from Derek Gallello, Reece Hampton, and Brett Netzer loaded the bases. However, Powers got a fly out and a line out to preserve W&M’s 2-0 advantage.
The Tribe tacked on another run in the top of the fourth inning. Pearson sparked the rally with a one-out single down the right field line. After an out, freshman Hunter Smith slapped a single into right center field scoring Pearson, and giving the Tribe a 3-0 lead.
W&M added a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning. Gould led off the frame with a single, moving to second on a single by Large. After a double play, Ameer singled to center, scoring Gould. The rally continued as Pearson drew a walk. The next batter, freshman Kyle Wrighte singled into left field, pushing the Tribe advantage to 5-0.
Powers pitched himself out of a jam in the bottom of the fifth inning. Back-to-back singles from Jones and Gallello put runners on the corners with nobody out. Powers got help from his battery mate Hunter Smith, who gunned down Gallello trying to steal, and then Powers got two fly outs to get out of the jam.
W&M’s biggest inning of the day came in the top of the eighth inning as the Tribe scored four runs in the frame. Hall led of the inning with a double into left field, before Josh Smith blasted his second homer of the season, scoring both runners.
After an out, Large reached on an error, moving to second on an infield single by Waldman, and a single by Ameer, loaded the bases. Pearson followed with a sacrifice fly, before Hunter Smith walked, making the score 9-0.
The offense continued to shine with two more runs in the top of the ninth inning. Back-to-back walks to Josh Smith and freshman Nick Butts put runners on first and second. After a pair of outs, freshman Owen Socher singled, and Pearson added another single giving the Tribe the final 11-0 margin.
Josh Maciejewski was saddled with the loss for Charlotte. He pitched three innings allowing two runs. Gallello led the 49ers on the day offensively with three hits.
The Green and Gold return to action as they travel to Liberty on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. The Tribe has its home opener Wednesday when they welcome George Mason to Plumeri Park. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.