Colon Homers but William and Mary Sweeps UMBC with 7-2 Win in Series Finale

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Sophomore Manny Colon (Williamstown, N.J./Buena Regional) hit a two-run homer in the eighth, but Host William and Mary scored four times in the first inning and added single tallies in the third, seventh, and eighth and swept the season-opening series from the UMBC baseball team by taking the series finale, 7-2, Sunday afternoon at Plumeri Park.

The Tribe (6-4) jumped out to an early lead against sophomore Joe Vanderplas (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax/Tennessee) who was making his first career start for UMBC (0-3).  The left-hander (0-1) settled down nicely, though, completing six innings and surrendering three earned runs on eight hits.  He also struck out two while not issuing a walk.

William and Mary righty Mitchell Aker (1-1) got the win after limiting UMBC to just the two runs on Colon's round-tripper and two other hits. 

After UMBC went down in order in the top of the first, Vanderplas got the leadoff hitter to fly out to center, but Willie Shaw then doubled down the left field line.  Two batters later Michael Katz singled with two down to put runners on first and third and Kevin Nutter followed by sending an RBI double to right.  William and Mary then tacked on two more runs on an error and a single up the middle.

Two innings later, the hosts add a run to their lead, making it 5-0, as Derek Lowe reached on an infield single and Nutter scored.

The Retrievers picked up their first hit of the game in the next frame as sophomore Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) laced a double to right, but was cut down trying to extend it into a triple.

Vanderplas kept his team in it, yielding just one hit over the course of the next three innings before being lifted at the start of the seventh.  Junior Bobby Applegate (Somerdale, N.J./Sterling/Gloucester CC) then entered, but gave up one run as the Tribe extended their lead to 6-0.

In the top of the eighth, the Retrievers made a play to get back into it as junior Jake Barnes (Annandale, Va./Annandale) drew a lead-off walk.  Barnes, who served as the designated hitter on Sunday, then move to second on a ground out, and came home as Colon hit his second career home run to cut the lead to 6-2.

William and Mary pushed back in the bottom half as Lowe came into score on a wild pitch by sophomore Denis Mikush (Burke, Va./Robinson).

In the ninth, Corbi lined his second double of the game with one down, but was stranded there.

UMBC returns to action on Friday, March 7 when the squad opens the Myrtle Beach Hyundai Classic by taking on UNC Greensboro at 10:00 a.m.  The Retrievers will then play Elon in South Carolina on both Saturday and Sunday.

DAWG BITES

-          William and Mary now leads the all-time series, 13-2, and has won six straight meetings.

-          Colon's first career home run came last year at Albany on April 27.

-          UMBC will play two more games against CAA opponents this season, taking on local rival Towson on April 29 at Alumni Field and May 6 at Towson.

-          Corbi went 2-for-4 to record his first multi-hit game of the season.