Long Ball Lifts Tribe Baseball to Home Opening Victory

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Three home runs and a four-run first inning lifted the William & Mary baseball team to an 8-5 home opening victory over Holy Cross on Friday afternoon at Plumeri Park.

Juniors Charles Ameer and Ryder Miconi, as well as sophomore Ryan Hall all homered in the victory. With the win, the Tribe improved to 3-2 on the season, while the Crusaders fell to 1-3.

Hall and sophomore Cullen Large led the team with two hits apiece. Ameer led the team with three RBI, while Large finished with two runs driven in.

For the first time all season the Tribe gave up the first run of the game. With one out in the top of the first, Nick Luvullo homered to left field giving the Crusaders a 1-0 early lead.

W&M wasted little time to get on the board scoring four runs in the bottom of the first. Leading off, Hall rocketed a 1-1 pitch over the right centerfield wall tying the score. The rally continued as a one-out walk by senior Charley Gould and a base hit from Large put runners on first and second. The next batter, Ameer belted a three-run homer the right field wall, giving the Tribe a 4-1 lead.

The Crusaders tacked on a another run in the top of the second. With one out a double from Bill Schlich and Alex Voitik walked starting the threat. Thomas Russo singled to right, bringing home Schlich and cutting the score to 4-2.

W&M’s offense went right back to work in the home half of the second. Both Hall and Josh Smith reached to start the rally with one out. Large came through with a two out double to right that cleared the bases and gave the Tribe a 6-2 advantage.

Holy Cross added three more runs in the top of the third inning. Luvullo set the table with a leadoff walk. Anthony Critelli followed with a double down the left field line that scored Luvullo from first. The rally continued as Connor Perry singled scoring Critelli. A two-base error moved Perry to third. A ground ball by Schlich scored Perry and cut the score to 6-5.

Again the Tribe offense rallied back for two more runs in the home half of the third. Miconi led of the frame with a blast over the right field wall. After an out, freshman Kyle Wrighte singled moving to second on an error and to third on a balk. A sacrifice fly from classmate Hunter Smith gave the Tribe an 8-5 lead.

Junior Nick Brown picked up his first victory of the season tossing five innings. He allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits. He picked up an early season-high six strikeouts.

Again the bullpen was exceptional and didn’t allow a run over the final four innings of the afternoon. Sophomore Charlie Fletcher started it off going two innings allowing one hit. Classmate Robert White picked up two strikeouts in his scoreless inning. After allowing the tying run reach, senior Joseph Gaouette got the final out of the game, and earned his second save of the season.

Phil Reese was saddled with the loss for Holy Cross. He pitched 2.1 innings allowing eight runs (seven) earned on eight hits with two strikeouts. The Crusaders bullpen combined to pitch the final 5.2 innings scoreless. Offensively, Perry and Schlich led the team with two hits.

The Green and Gold and the Crusaders continue their three-game series Saturday. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. The teams conclude the series at 1 p.m. Sunday.