Hempstead, NY - Kenny Jackson's opposite field grand slam capped off a six-run seventh inning and lifted the Pride to a 10-8 come-from-behind victory over William & Mary in the regular season finale at University Field Saturday afternoon.
Hofstra, which will head to the CAA Championship as the two seed, ends the regular season with a 33-20 record, 20-10 in the CAA. William & Mary sees its season end at 31-25, 12-18 in league play.
The Tribe took an 8-4 lead in the top of the seventh, scoring three times. Consecutive singles by Chris Forsten and Ryan Brown put runners on first and second, and following the second out of the inning, Ryan Lindemuth reached on an infield single and went to second on a throwing error on the play that allowed Forsten to score. Michael Katz followed with a two-run double to make it 8-4 in favor of the Tribe.
But Hofstra stormed back in the bottom of the inning as Taylor Stuart led off with a single, stole second and went to third on a throwing error. After Chris Yates struck out the next two hitters, Danny Poma laced a single to right to score Stuart to make it 8-5. Walks to Dalton Rouleau and Matt Ford loaded the bases and a wild pitch by reliever Jay McCarthy scored the second run of the inning to make it an 8-6 game. Jared Hammer walked to load the bases for Jackson, who took McCarthy's first pitch over the left field fence for a 10-8 lead.
T.J. Thomas, who made his pitching debut for the Pride, threw an inning of scoreless relief before handing the ball to Bryan Verbitsky in the ninth for the sophomore's fifth save of 2012. Gregg Sarra (1-0) earned the win, the first of his career, in relief of starter Nick Kozlowski.
Jackson finished the day 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Thomas, who started at designated hitter, had a three-run home run in the second inning for the Pride as well. Stuart was the only Pride player with multiple hits as he went 2-for-4.
McCarthy (4-4) took the loss for the Tribe, allowing a hit and two runs in 1/3 of an inning. Lindemuth finished 6-for-6 for the Tribe, while Katz had three hits and four RBIs.
Hofstra is next in action on Thursday in the CAA Championship. The Pride will face an opponent to be determined in the 3:30 p.m. game.