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The William & Mary baseball team rallied back from a three-run deficit to earn an exciting 6-5 victory against Holy Cross at Plumeri Park on Saturday afternoon.
After posting three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to knot the score at 5-5, Tribe centerfielder Josh Smith plated shortstop Kyle Wrighte with a sacrifice fly for the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
With the victory, W&M improves to 4-2 while Holy Cross falls to 1-4.
LHP Andrew White (1-0) earned the victory with one inning of scoreless work in relief, while RHP Justin Finan (0-1) suffered the loss out of the bullpen.
In addition to White, the Tribe’s bullpen played a pivotal role in the comeback win, as White, RHP Michael Toner and RHP Robert White combined to allow just one hit in three scoreless innings down the stretch.
Smith and designated hitter Charley Gould both drove in two runs apiece to lead the College offensively, while Wrighte went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Catcher Matthew Keane also went 2-for-4 and scored a run.
After the Crusaders took an early lead in the first inning with a two-run home run by Connor Perry, both teams plated a score in the third. The Tribe’s run came via an infield single by Smith that plated Keane, who reached on a one-out single and advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches.
Although W&M narrowed the margin to 3-2 when third baseman Zach Pearson drove in right fielder Charles Ameer in the fourth inning, HC responded with runs in the fifth and sixth frame.
However, a three-run seventh inning that was highlighted with a two-run double by Gould tied the score at 5-5.
Wrighte set the table in the ninth when he doubled to shallow right on a ball that HC first baseman Shane Sandoval seemed to lose in the sun. After Keane followed with a bunt single and leftfielder Ryan Hall drew an intentional walk to load the bases, Smith drove in the winning score with a sacrifice fly.
The Tribe will look to complete a series sweep against Holy Cross when the two teams play at 1 p.m. Sunday.