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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Junior Charles Ameer’s two-out two-RBI single propelled the William & Mary baseball team to 13-11, 10-inning victory over San Diego in game one of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon in California.
With the win, the Tribe improves to 6-5, while the Toreros fall to 5-7.
Junior Charles Ameer, sophomore Cullen Large, and freshman Hunter Smith collected three hits, while sophomore Ryan Hall had two hits leading the offense. Ameer drove in three runs, while senior Josh Smith extended his team-high hitting streak to 13-games.
W&M scored in the first inning for the fourth time this season. Hall led off the game with a single, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Smith. After an out and a walk to Large put runners on first and second, Ameer singled into left field scoring Hall from second. Junior Ryder Miconi drew a two-out walk loading the bases, before freshman Jason Waldman singled bringing around Large. The rally continued with a single from Hunter Smith giving the Tribe a 3-0 advantage.
San Diego equaled the score with three runs in the home half of the first. Jeff Houghtby, Jerrod Smith, and Riley Adams all singled loading the bases. The next batter, Ryan Kirby singled up the middle, scoring two. Troy Conyers followed with a sacrifice fly tying the score 3-3.
The Tribe regained the lead thanks to the long ball in the top of the third inning. Large started the rally with a lead off single. After an out, Miconi blasted a homer over the right field wall, giving the Tribe a 5-3 lead.
SDU took its first lead of the afternoon with four runs. A double by Hunter Mercado-Hood, a single from Brhet Bewley, and a walk to Daniel Gardner loaded the bases with one out. The next batter Kevin Collard launched a homer over the right field. The grand-slam gave the Toreros a 7-6 lead.
The Green and Gold responded with four runs of its own in the top of the fifth inning. With two outs, Hunter Smith singled followed by back-to-back walks to freshman Kyle Wrighte and Hall, which loaded the bases. Josh Smith was plunked, which allowed for the first run of the inning. The second run of the inning came an on an unearned run when senior Charley Gould reached on an error. The two-out rally continued as Large punched a two-out double into right center, giving the Tribe a 10-7 lead.
San Diego rallied for two runs in the home half of the fifth. Kirby led off the inning with single, which was matched, by a single by Conyers putting runners on the corners. The first run came in on error, before Gardner flew out to left field, but it was enough for a sacrifice fly, cutting the lead to 10-9.
W&M tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Josh Smith and Gould led off the inning with back-to-back singles. After a groundout, Miconi walked loading the bases. The next batter, Pearson was hit by a pitch, which made it 11-9.
The Toreros scored two runs in the bottom ninth inning, forcing extras. Back-to-back walks to Adams and Kirby started the rally. After an out, Mercado-Hood singled to right, but an error allowed for the first run of the inning to score. The next batter, Bewley singled tying the score 11-11.
W&M wasted little time to regain in extras. Wrighte led of the frame with a walk, followed by a single by Hall set the table. A one-out walk to Gould loaded the bases. After an out, Ameer singled to center scoring two and giving the Tribe a 13-11 lead.
Senior Joseph Gaouette was credited with his win of the season for the Green and Gold, allowing three hits and two runs in two innings. Sophomore Robert White earned his first save of the year allowing a hit in a scoreless 10th inning.
Jacob Hill was charged with the loss for SDU. He allowed a one run in 0.1 inning of work. Offensively, Collard drove in four runs, while Bewley and Kirby each had two RBI.