W&M Tops NU 12-4 To Advance To CAA Title Game
HARRISONBURG, Va. (May 25, 2013) – Ryan Lindemuth broke a sixth-inning tie with a three-run homer and John Farrell threw six strong innings to lead William & Mary to a 12-4 victory over Northeastern Saturday in the losers’ bracket final of the 2013 CAA Baseball Championship at Veterans Memorial Park.
The victory sent second-seeded William & Mary (37-21) into the tournament’s championship round later Saturday against unbeaten Towson. The once-beaten Tribe will have to defeat Towson in the Saturday game and in a Sunday meeting to win the league’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid. Fifth-seeded Northeastern, which won three elimination games following a first-round tournament loss, fell to 31-26.
William & Mary, which tied a school record with its 37th win, will be seeking its second CAA championship and first since 2001, and Towson will be trying for its initial CAA crown.
Lindemuth’s opposite-field home run to near the right field corner broke a 4-4 tie and came after both teams had rallied from two-run deficits. Northeastern led 2-0 after one inning; William & Mary scored twice in both the third and fourth innings; and Northeastern tied the score with two runs in the sixth.
Lindemuth cleared the bases with his fourth homer of the year after Ryan Brown started the William & Mary sixth with a walk and William Shaw reached base safely on an error on a sacrifice bunt.
Farrell gave up four runs and seven hits while raising his record to 11-2. He struck out four and didn’t issue a walk after working three innings in the Tribe’s tournament opener Thursday against James Madison. He started Thursday but didn’t return when the game was suspended over night because of inclement weather.
Matt Wainman held Northeastern hitless over the final three innings to record his eighth save of the season. He struck out three and didn’t allow a walk, and the only base runner he allowed reached on an infield error.
Northeastern starter Isaac Lippert worked into the sixth inning and took the loss, falling to 4-2 for the season. He allowed five runs and nine hits while striking out two and walking four.
Every William & Mary starter had at least one hit, and the Tribe collected 16 hits overall, including four for extra bases. Derek Lowe had three singles and an RBI and scored a run for the Tribe. Five other William & Mary players had two hits, including Brown, Shaw, Michael Katz, Jackson Shaver and Ryan Williams.
Jason Vosler with two singles was the only Northeastern player with more than one hit. He finished the tournament with 13 hits in five games. Rob Fonseca homered and drove in three of the Huskies’ runs.
Northeastern took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Aaron Barbosa reached base on a strikeout/wild pitch to open and the inning, Brad Burcroff and Vosler singled to load the bases, and Fonseca and Michael Foster delivered runs with back-to-back sacrifice flies.
William & Mary tied the score in the third. Shaw singled and Katz walked, and both advanced a base on a throwing error following Lindemuth’s lineout to third. Ryan Hissey singled to center to plate the Tribe’s first run, and Shaver’s fly to center scored the second.
William & Mary went in front 4-2 in the fourth by taking advantage of two misplays by the Northeastern defense. Lowe led off with a single and moved to second when Brown was safe after the Huskies didn’t cover first base on a +sacrifice bunt. Both runners then scored when a Katz fly to center was lost in the sun and fell for a double.
Northeastern pulled into a 4-4 tie in the sixth when Vosler led off with a single and Fonseca hit his sixth home run of the season to right.
After Lindemuth’s homer in the sixth, William & Mary scored a run in the seventh and four in the eighth.
Shaver doubled and scored on a double-play grounder in the seventh, and Hissey, Williams and Lowe had RBI singles and Jonathan Sarty a sacrifice fly in the eighth.