LEXINGTON, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team dropped a road game at in-state rival VMI on Tuesday night, 4-3. With the loss the Spiders fall to 15-11 on the season while VMI improves its record to 10-18 on the year.
Making his first start of the season, sophomore Andrew Brockett tossed five scoreless innings. Brockett allowed just three hits while striking out four on the night. Out of the bullpen, freshman James Lively (0-1) took the loss for the Spiders. Freshman Ray Harron was solid for Richmond, pitching 1.1 scoreless frames out of the bullpen, striking out one while allowing one hit.
Sophomore Mike Small continued his hot hitting on Tuesday night, going 3-for-5 with a RBI. Senior Chris Cowell had a solo home run for Richmond, while freshman Joey Vecchione went 2-for-3 and classmate Eric Flanagan had a RBI single.
After a quick, four scoreless innings to begin the game on Tuesday night, the Spiders jumped on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth. With one out, Conway doubled to right-center field to get in to scoring position. Two batters later, Flanagan plated senior Bryan Conway with a two-out RBI single up the middle to give Richmond the lead.
After a single from Vecchione, Small doubled the Spiders' lead, driving home Flanagan from second base with a single through the left side. After four and a half innings, Richmond led VMI, 2-0.
The Keydets battled back, however, scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth and three in the bottom of the seventh to take a 4-2 lead over Richmond headed to the top of the eighth.
With one out in the frame, Cowell took a 1-0 offering deep over the fence in left-center field for a solo home run. Cowell's Atlantic 10-leading 12th homer of the season cut the VMI lead in half, 4-3, headed to the ninth.
After a pair of groundouts to start the frame, the Spiders got back-to-back singles from redshirt junior Matt Zink and Small to put runners on first and second base with two outs. Richmond would be unable to complete the rally, however, as redshirt junior Adam McConnell struck out, securing the win for VMI, 4-3.
The Richmond Spiders baseball team will return to home to Pitt Field to host Atlantic 10-rival Xavier for a three-game conference series. The set gets underway on Friday with the first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.