Baseball Edged by W&M, 5-3
March 5, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - Senior OF Charlie Kruer (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge) slugged a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game at three, but William & Mary battled back in the top of the ninth to plate two runs and secure the 5-3 win in a non-conference baseball game Wednesday afternoon at Barcroft Park in Arlington, VA.
It was Kruer's third home run in two days, after he hit two at George Mason on Tuesday. With the win, W&M improved to 8-3 overall, while GW fell to 5-3 this season, as they suffered their third consecutive loss.
The Tribe scored first in Wednesday's game, tallying a pair of runs in the opening frame. After a leadoff strikeout, four of the next five batters recorded singles, with a walk sandwiched in the middle. Greg Maliniak and Robbie Nickle both record RBI-singles into left field. For much of the game, those two runs were all the Tribe would need, as freshman starter Tim Norton held the Colonials to no runs on just three hits while striking out four through the first seven innings.
Norton's counterpart, sophomore RHP Ryan Lapointe (Somersworth, NH/Phillips Exeter Academy), settled down after a shaky first and ended the day with five strikeouts in just four innings of work. Junior Pat Lehman (Fair Lawn, NJ/Fair Lawn), freshman Tommy Gately (Reston, VA/South Lakes) and junior Jimmy Duggan (Jefferson, MD/St. John's Prospect Hall) combined to pitch the final five innings. Gately, who was making his collegiate debut, allowed one run on two hits and faced four batters in one inning pitched.
In the bottom of the eighth, GW finally got to the young Tribe starter. With a runners on first and second and two outs, Charlie Kruer went opposite-field with a Norton offering, sending it sailing over the fence in left-center field to knot the game at three. With his two home runs yesterday at George Mason, Kruer has three HR in his past eight at-bats. Additionally, the senior is now tied with Scott Sharp (1991-94) for ninth all-time at GW with 29 career home runs. Mike Welch (1989-2002) is eighth, with 30.
Any hopes that GW had of playing for extra innings were quickly dashed in the top of the ninth, as W&M forced across two runs. An RBI-single into right field from number-nine hitter James Williamson plated two, giving the Tribe the final 5-3 advantage.
For Duggan (0-1), who suffered the loss, it was the first two runs he has given up this season.
Kruer ended the day 2-for-4 with the home run, a double (5) and three RBI.
Junior Tim Reeves (Cumming, GA/North Forsyth) went 2-for-4 on Wednesday to continue his torrid start to the season and is now hitting .520 (13-for-25). He has recorded at least two hits in each of the past five games, and has at least one base-knock in all seven of the games he has started.
George Washington plays host to Oakland (MI) in a three-game, non-conference series this weekend, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, Mar. 8, at 12:00 p.m.