William & Mary Beats Army In The Ninth

Mark McCants

Mark McCants

Feb. 16, 2014

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Army racked up 11 hits but William & Mary won in dramatic fashion, hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 7-6 victory at Plumeri Park.

Army, now 1-2, led early in the contest before the Tribe rallied and secured the win with one out in the last inning.

Playing its third game of the weekend, Army registered 11 hits, led by four from Mark McCants. Harold Earls and Jacob Page each had two hits while Earls and Jon Crucitti both scored twice.

Army jumped out to a 2-0 lead in its first at bat. Crucitti was hit by a pitch and Earls singled. One out later, McCants stroked a single to left to plate Crucitti. With two outs, Alex Jensen singled and knocked in McCants.

William & Mary got a run back in the bottom half of the inning when Nick Tomoson plated a run with a single.

Army extended its lead to 3-1 in the top of the third inning. McCants singled with two outs and Jacob Page blasted a double to score McCants.

The Black Knights added to their advantage with three more runs in the fourth inning. Connor Love worked a bases on balls to open the frame and took second on a sacrifice by Grant Van Orden. Crucitti was hit by a pitch and both runners advanced on a passed b all. Earls belted a two-run single and then stole second. Earls stole third and scored when the throw got away for a 6-1 lead.

Michael Katz hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth to trim the Army leads to 6-2.

The Tribe continued to battle back and closed the gap to a single run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Tomoson led off the inning with a solo home run. One out later, Carson Meadows replaced starting pitcher Gunnar Carroll on the mound. A single and walk loaded the bases with two outs and Julian Larimer relieved Meadows. Tim Hoehn singled in a run and an error led to another run cutting Army's advantage to 6-5.

Carroll threw 5.1 innings and was charged with four earned runs. He struck out four and walked none.

Larimer worked his way out of a jam in the bottom of the eighth inning. William & Mary loaded the bases with no outs before a fly out for the first out. Larimer then fielded a ground and threw home for a force and the second out. A ground ball to third ended the inning and Army kept its 6-5 lead.

William & Mary earned the win in its final at-bat. Tomoson singled to start the frame and Garrison Franklin entered to pitch for Army. After a sacrifice bunt, Michael Katz hit a home run to left field for the 7-6 victory.

Army will play a three-game series against Massachusetts, Feb. 22-23 at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, N.C.

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