NEWARK, Del. – The William and Mary baseball team dropped a wild one at Delaware on Saturday afternoon, falling 17-14. With the decision the Tribe falls to 19-21, 9-8 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while the Blue Hens, which takes the series, improve to 17-15, 6-8 in league action.
Every Tribe starter recorded a hit, run scored, and had a RBI in the setback. Seniors Devin White and Willie Shaw and freshman Cullen Large each had three hits in the game.
William and Mary jumped on the board first with a run in the top of the first inning. Large opened the game with a single to left field, moving to second on a wild pitch. A walk to junior Ryan Hissey put runners on first and second with nobody out. After an out, sophomore Tim Hoehn doubled, scoring Large. The rally continued as Devin White flew out to right field, but it was enough to score Hissey from third, giving W&M a 2-0 lead.
Delaware took advantage of an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Zach Lopes reached on a walk, moving to third on a stolen base and an error. With two outs, Diaz Nardo reached on an error, scoring Lopes and cutting the lead to 2-1.
The Tribe came back with a run in the top of the second inning, thanks to the long ball. Sophomore Matthew Tilley blasted a homer over the left field wall. His second homer of the season gave the Tribe a 3-1 lead.
Delaware had its first big inning of the afternoon with six runs in the bottom of the second inning. Nick Ligget started the rally with a walk, before back-to-back singles Ty Warrington, and Brock Niggebrugge loaded the bases. Another Tribe error allowed for Liggett to score. The next batter, Lopes hit a grand-slam homer. The rally continued as Norm Donkin singled, before Nardo doubled, giving the Blue Hens a 7-3 lead.
The Blue Hens tacked onto their lead with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Olenski led of the frame with a double to left center field. After moving to third, Olenski came around on a sacrifice fly by Ligget, giving the Hens an 8-3 lead.
W&M started to chip away at the Blue Hens lead as they scored a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning. Devin White led off the rally with a single to right field, moving to third on a double by Shaw. Freshman Ryan Hall came through with a single to center, clearing the bases and cutting the lead to 8-5.
However, Delaware came through with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Giacchino led off the inning with a double, which was followed by a walk to Lopes and Dorkin reached on an error, loading the bases. Nardo hit a sacrifice fly to center. Liggett provided the Blue Hens second grand-slam of the day, giving the Hens a 13-5 lead.
The Tribe didn’t go away and added a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning. Large started the rally with a single, moving to second on a one-out single from junior Charley Gould. Following an out, Devin White singled up the middle, plating Large. The rallied continued as Shaw singled into right center field scoring Gould, cutting the lead to 13-7.
UD added another run in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out, Lopes started the spark with a triple, which was followed with a walk to Donkin. Nardo drove in the first run of the frame with a sing up the middle. A catcher’s interference allowed Olenski to reach and loaded the bases for the Blue Hens. The Tribe was able to cut down a run at the plate for the second out of the inning, before a strikeout left the bases loaded.
W&M plated seven runs and tied the score in the top of the eighth inning. Hall led off the inning with a single, moving to second on a walk to Tilley. The next batter, Large doubled down the right field line. The rally rolled on as Hissey doubled down right field line, clearing the bases. Gould joined the hit parade with a two-run homer over the left field wall. Hoehn matched Gould’s effort, hitting a solo shot over the center field wall. After a double play, junior Josh Smith connected on the team’s third home run of the inning, tying the score at 14-14.
The Blue Hens responded with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. With one out Niggebrugge singled into right field, moving to second on a single from Giacchinno. The next batter, Lopes doubled down the left field line, giving the Hens the lead back. After an intentional walk, Nardo singled, scoring Giacchino, before a wild pitch gave the Hens a 17-14 lead.
Sophomre Nick Brown made the start for the Green and Gold, but didn’t factor into the decision. He allowed eight runs (six earned) on nine hits with four strikeouts. Junior Joseph Gaouette was saddled with his first loss, throwing the eighth. The Tribe allowed six unearned runs in the setback.
The College and Blue Hens conclude their three-game weekend series with game three tomorrow, Sunday, April 26. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.