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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The William & Mary baseball team fought until the end, but could not overcome six errors as they fell to No. 8 Virginia 16-8 on Tuesday afternoon in Charlottesville.
With the decision, the Tribe falls to 5-3, while Cavaliers improve to 5-3.
Senior Charley Gould, sophomore Ryan Hall, and freshman Matthew Keane all went 2-for-4 on the day for the Tribe. Gould and Hall each drove in two runs, while Hall hit his second homer of the season.
Virginia plated nine runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Cavaliers sent 13 men to the plate, but only two of the runs were earned. The Cavaliers took advantage of what could have been an ending double play, and added eight runs after the error. Pavin Smith and Justin Novak drove in two runs in the first inning.
The Cavaliers tacked on another run in the bottom of the second inning. Daniel Pinero led off the inning with a single, moving around the bases on a pair of outs. Novak doubled, making the score 10-0.
W&M got on the scoreboard with two runs in the top of the third inning. Freshman Kyle Wrighte led off the inning with a walk. After an out, Hall launched a homer over the left center field wall. His second blast of the season cut the score to 10-2.
UVA tacked on three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Pinero led off the frame with a double, moving to third on an error. A wild pitch on ball four to Andy Weber led to the first run. A sacrifice fly by Adam Haseley scored Dozier, before a single by Clement scored Weber, giving the Cavs a 13-2 lead.
The Tribe added two runs in the top of the sixth inning. Senior Josh Smith started the rally with a one-out walk, followed by Gould reaching on an error. A walk to sophomore Cullen Large loaded the bases. Junior Charles Ameer singled up the middle scoring Josh Smith, before an errant throw allowed Gould to score on the same play.
W&M’s rally continued with two more runs in the top of the seventh inning. With one out three straight singles from Keane, Hall, and Josh Smith loaded the bases. Gould followed with a single back up the middle scoring two runs, and cutting the deficit to 13-6.
Virginia got a run back in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out, Pavin Smith walked. The next batter, Pinero doubled into left centerfield giving the Cavaliers a 14-6 advantage.
The Tribe added two in its half of the eighth inning. Back-to-back singles from junior Matthew Tilley and freshman Zach Pearson put runners on the corners with nobody out. After an out, Keane doubled down the left field line scoring Tilley. A wild pitch allowed for Pearson to score, and made the score 14-8.
UVA pushed across another two unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Novack reached on an error, coming around to score on a double by Cameron Comer. After an out, Nate Eikhoff traded places with Comer, extending the lead to 16-8.
Freshman Bodie Sheehan was saddled with his second loss of the season. He allowed nine runs (just two earned) on 10 hits in the first inning. Hansley was credited with his second win for UVA, going five innings allowing two runs on two hits.
Clement, Pinero and Novak all had multi-hit games for the Cavaliers. Novak led the home team with three RBI in the victory.
The Green and Gold heads to California for eight games over Spring Break. The West Coast Swing starts against No. 4 Oregon State at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5.