UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -- The cardiac Spiders kept everyone on the edge of their seats Friday afternoon at Pitt Field. Behind back-to-back home runs from Vinny Capra and Daniel Brumbaugh and a tenth inning RBI game-winner from Zach Kurtz the Spiders defeated Cornell, 8-7.
Cornell got things started in the first two frames pushing across six runs. The Spiders offense was ignited when Brandon Johnson smashed his first homer of the season over the left field wall and cut the Big Red's lead to three, 6-3.
Kyle Adams led off the fourth with a double and tacked on a run for Richmond as he crossed the dish on a Cornell balk. Two innings later, the Spiders continued to chip away at Cornell's lead, cutting it to one, 6-5, when D.J. Lee's RBI single brought home Jonathan de Marte.
The fireworks started in the ninth inning when Cornell extended their lead 7-5, but Richmond was not about to go quietly. Capra and Brumbaugh both launched the long ball notching the game at 7-all, which would ultimately send the game into extras.
Sixth year seniors Zach Grossfeld and de Marte combined to hold the Big Red scoreless in the top half of the tenth, with de Marte sitting down the final batter swinging to earn his first win on the hill since March 28, 2014.
In the home half, Caleb Ward and Johnson drew walks to put runners on for Kurtz, who came up with a clutch single through the left side, and give the Spiders a 8-7 victory.
Richmond returns to action tomorrow against Big Ten foe, Michigan State. First pitch is slated for 2:00 p.m. and will be available on SpiderTV.