W&M Outlasts JMU 20-19 On Walk-Off Single
HARRISONBURG, Va. (May 24, 2013) – Freshman catcher Ryan Hissey’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning – his fourth hit of the game – capped a four-run William & Mary rally and gave the Tribe a 20-19 victory over James Madison Friday morning in the completion of a suspended winners’ bracket game in the 2013 CAA Baseball Championship at Veterans Memorial Park.
Second-seeded William & Mary (36-20), which was making its tournament debut after a first-round bye, advanced to Friday afternoon’s winners’ bracket final against fourth-seeded Towson with the winner of that game moving to the tournament’s championship round. JMU (25-29) lost for the first time in two tournament games and came back immediately to meet fifth-seeded Northeastern in a Friday elimination game.
William & Mary, which led 12-3 after three innings, had six straight batters reach base in the ninth after a double-play groundout had cleared the bases. Hissey’s game-winning sharp bounder through the middle scored Michael Katz, who had reached base as the Tribe’s eighth hit batman of the game, from second base. Ryan Lindemuth had tied the game at 19-19 a batter earlier with a sharp two-run single to left, and Ryan Brown had plated William & Mary’s first run of the inning with a double to left center.
JMU had gone in front 18-16 on Ty McFarland’s two-run homer in the top of the ninth and had raised the lead to 19-16 on Casey Goss’ two-out RBI single.
William & Mary sent 15 batters to the plate and took advantage of eight hits and five hit batsmen during an 11-run third inning that gave it a 12-3 lead. JMU responded by sending 11 men to the plate while scoring seven times and cutting the margin to 12-10 in the top of the fourth, which was the Dukes’ first inning at bat after resumption of play at 9:01 a.m. Friday.
The contest was suspended because of Thursday evening’s rain and took 4:03 of playing time to complete. It featured tournament records of 45 combined hits (23 by JMU, 22 by William & Mary), 13 combined hit batsmen and eight hit batsman for a team (William & Mary hitters). Every position player who came to the plate for either team during the game had at least one hit.
In addition to his game-winning hit, Hissey had two singles, an RBI and two runs scored during William & Mary’s 11-run third, a walk and a run scored in the fifth, and an RBI double in the sixth.
The Tribe’s Jonathan Sarty drove in four runs with a double and a triple during the third and finished with three hits and five RBI overall. His three-run double to the wall in left center gave the Tribe a 4-3 lead, and he added a one-out RBI triple to deep center later during the inning. He also had an RBI single in the fifth.
Jackson Shaver and Lindemuth also had three hits and Ryan Brown and William Shaw added two each for William & Mary.
JMU had three players with four hits each, including Johnny Bladel, McFarland and Cole McInturff. Bladel drove in five runs, McFarland four and McInturff two. Bladel had an RBI double in the second when JMU went up 3-1, an RBI triple and a hit by pitch to force in a run in the seven-run fourth, a two-run homer in the eighth and a double during the Dukes’ three-run ninth. McFarland had a double and two singles in addition to his homer, and McInturff had a double and three singles.
Matt Wainman, William & Mary’s fifth pitcher, was credited with the victory to improve to 4-3 for the season. He worked two innings and allowed three runs and five hits while walking and striking out three.
Chris Huffman, JMU’s sixth pitcher, took the loss and fell to 4-5. He induced William & Mary’s ninth-inning double-play grounder from the first batter he faced but didn’t retire another batter.