UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team had its 11-game win streak come to an end on Tuesday afternoon at Pitt Field, losing a wild, 12-10 decision to the George Mason Patriots. With the setback, the Spiders fall to 11-4 on the season while Mason improves to 11-4 on the year.
Junior Jacob Mayers led the way for Richmond at the plate, collecting a pair of doubles while driving in three. Freshman Eric Flanagan also had two hits and drive in two, while redshirt junior Matt Zink had a hit, two RBIs, and two runs scored on the day. Senior Bryan Conway had two hits and a RBI, while classmate Phil Ruzbarsky hit his seventh home run of the season.
On the mound, sophomore Andrew Brockett (0-2) took the loss for the Spiders, as Mason climbed out of a 10-4 hole by scoring eight unanswered runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Getting the start, sophomore Andrew Blum tossed five innings, allowing four runs - just one earned - while striking out a career-high eight batters.
After Mason scored a run in the first, the Spiders seized control of the game in the bottom of the third, scoring six runs while sending 12 batters to the plate. The frame was highlighted by a two-run double from Mayers and RBIs coming from Conway, Flanagan, and Zink.
Holding a 6-1 lead, Richmond added to its cushion in the bottom of the fourth. Ruzbarsky started the scoring with a solo shot over the fence in center field and Flanagan plated another with a RBI single, giving the Spiders a 8-1 lead after four innings.
George Mason scored three times in the top of the fifth, but runs in the fourth and fifth for Richmond made the score 10-4 in favor of the Spiders headed to the top of the eighth.
In the eighth is where the Patriots would start their rally, scoring five times in the frame to cut the lead to just one, 10-9. In the bottom of the eighth, Richmond had a chance to add to its lead, but left runners on first and second.
In the ninth, Mason completed its comeback on a three-run home run off the bat of Nick Allen, taking a 12-10 lead in to the bottom of the frame. With two outs, senior Chris Cowell reached base with his second hit of the day and was then joined on base after Ruzbarsky drew a walk. Pinch-hitter Cory Moheit would foul out to the GMU first baseman, however, securing the come-from-behind win for Mason.
The Richmond Spiders baseball team will be back in action this Friday when it begins a three-game, weekend series with the Princeton Tigers. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Pitt Field.