By Dave Johnson
With six consecutive video games at residence, William & Mary was in prime place to make a transfer within the CAA standings. The Tribe bought off to a very good begin the earlier weekend with a three-game sweep of Elon.
This previous weekend, W&M stored it going by taking two of three from James Madison. By going 5-1 within the convention homestand, the Tribe (11-19, 8-7) rose to second place within the CAA’s South Division, 1.5 video games behind Charleston.
After dropping Saturday’s sport 9-5, W&M swept Sunday’s doubleheader with wins of 6-3 and 1-0. Within the first sport, Justin Pearson gave up one run on 4 hits in six innings. Within the second, Zach Tsakounis allowed 5 hits in seven shutout innings, and Ben Greenspon confronted the minimal for a six-out save.
It was the Tribe’s first shutout convention win, and its first 1-0 victory, for the reason that 2019 CAA event in opposition to Charleston.
“We had two actually good begins on Sunday,” Tribe coach Brian Murphy stated. “Two excellent outings in opposition to a very good lineup.
“With the character of this season, we’ve not performed as many video games as we’d have by this level. I believe it took us some time to determine the best way to win and get that feeling within the dugout of anticipating to win shut video games. That is developed for us just lately.”
Third baseman Ben Williamson had one other robust weekend by going 4-for-10. He’s eighth within the CAA with a .342 batting common and fifth in hits with 40.
Shortstop Matt McDermott stayed sizzling by going 4-for-11 within the Madison collection. He is hitting .359 (23-for-64) in his final 15 video games, throughout which he has raised his batting common from .211 to .289.
However no one has been hotter than proper fielder Matt Thomas, who in his final 14 video games is batting .365 (19-for-52) with 4 residence runs and 12 RBI. That has bumped his common from .167 to .264.
Not all of the information for W&M has been good. Heart fielder/pitcher Jake Cone, who’s hitting .308 and leads the workforce in saves with three, has missed the final 4 video games attributable to harm.
The Tribe will head to UNCW (19-15, 5-7) for a three-game set beginning Friday. W&M took two of three in opposition to the Seahawks final month at Plumeri Park.
Ladies’s tennis: Tribe falls quick in CAA championships
When William & Mary performed James Madison final month in Harrisonburg, it misplaced 7-0. The rematch, coming at residence for the convention title, was nearer … however nonetheless a loss.
Regardless of straight-sets wins by Mila Saric at No. 1 and Victoria Okuyama at No. 4, the Tribe misplaced to the Dukes 4-2. Jill van den Dungen was main 6-1, 5-7, 3-1 at No. 2 when JMU clinched the championship with a win at No. 5.
“We simply got here up somewhat bit quick,” W&M coach Toni Bickford stated. “It has been a really uphill battle all season for us. We did not begin properly and did not have sufficient matches. We undoubtedly grew as a workforce and avenged a few losses from earlier within the season.”
W&M did not get the championship, however the weekend gave Saric a superb opportunity of being named the CAA’s Most Excellent Participant. She completed the season with a report of 11-2 on the No. 1 spot, 5-1 in opposition to CAA opponents.
Saric’s solely convention loss got here to JMU’s Daria Afanasyeva in a third-set tiebreaker on March 21. In Sunday’s rematch, Saric dominated in a 6-1, 6-3 win. Saric went 3-0 through the CAA event and did not drop a set.
“In my eyes, she’s one of the best participant within the convention,” Bickford stated. “She’s actually confirmed she is.”
Arising: Males’s tennis, monitor to compete in CAA championships
The lads’s tennis workforce is the No. 3 seed within the CAA championship and can open in opposition to No. 6 Charleston Friday at 6 p.m. on the Millie West Tennis Facility. The Tribe closed the common season by successful 5 of its remaining six matches.
The semifinals are scheduled for 11 a.m. and three p.m. on Saturday with the championship set for 1 p.m. on Sunday.
In the meantime, males’s and ladies’s monitor shall be in Harrisonburg for the CAA championships, which begin Friday and conclude Saturday.
Males’s golf: Preston Ball stays within the hunt
Going into Tuesday’s remaining spherical of the CAA males’s golf championship in Saint Helena Island, South Carolina, William & Mary is in third place at 4-over par. Charleston has a probable insurmountable lead at 19-under, 17 photographs forward of second-place Drexel.
Individually, the Tribe’s Preston Ball is tied for fourth place at 4-under par (69-71—140), 4 photographs behind chief Zach Reuland of Charleston.