UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team completed its three-game sweep of the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Sunday afternoon at Pitt Field, 7-5. With the victory, the Spiders extend their winning-streak to 11 games and push their overall record to 11-3 on the season. With the loss, Quinnipiac falls to 1-6 on the year.
The Spider offense was once again clicking on Sunday, as the team racked up 14 hits in the win. Senior Phil Ruzbarsky reached all four times he went to the plate and also hit a go-ahead two-run home run. Senior Robby Massar had a pair of sacrifice flies on the day, while classmate Bryan Conway also drove in two runs. Redshirt junior Adam McConnell had a season-high three hits with a pair of doubles.
On the mound, freshman Ryan Cook (2-0) pitched a strong five innings for the Spiders, earning his second win of the year. Cook struck out a pair while allowing just two earned runs. Out of the bullpen, senior Alex Maffett, redshirt junior Bret Williams, and freshman Ray Harron combined to toss three perfect, shutout innings.
The 11-game winning streak is the longest for the Spiders since the team won a school-record 14 games in a row 77 years ago during the 1935 season.
After the Bobcats struck first, scoring a run in the top of the first inning, the Spiders responded to tie the game in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Massar.
Still tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the third, Richmond took a lead that it would not relinquish. After a double off the bat of senior Jacob Mayers, Ruzbarsky gave the Spiders a lead with a two-run homer deep over the fence in center field. Ruzbarsky's sixth home run of the season gave Richmond a 3-1 lead after three full innings.
In the fifth, the Spiders added to its lead with a four-run outburst. After a RBI double from Mayers, Conway hit a two-run single through the left side of the infield to push the lead to 6-1. Massar finished the scoring for the Richmond, hitting his second sacrifice fly of the game to extend the Spider lead to 7-1.
Quinnipiac threatened to cut in to the Richmond lead in the top of the sixth, chasing the Spider starter Cook. With the bases loaded and no outs, Maffett limited the damage to just one run, striking out a pair of batters. The Bobcats tried to make it interesting in the ninth, scoring three runs, but Richmond's Andrew Brockett was able to get out of the inning, securing the 7-5 win for the Spiders.
Also having strong offensive games for Richmond were Mayers and sophomore Adam Forrer. Mayers went 2-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored, and a RBI, while Forrer also had a pair of hits.
The Richmond Spiders baseball team will be back in action on Tuesday when the Spiders play host to in-state foe George Mason. First pitch at Pitt Field is scheduled for 3 p.m.