UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team dropped a back-and-forth Atlantic 10 conference game to Xavier on Sunday afternoon, 7-5, in 10 innings at Pitt Field. With the loss, Richmond falls to 16-13 on the season and to 3-3 in conference play. Xavier improves to 13-18 overall with the win and to 4-2 in league action.
Junior Jacob Mayers had a stellar day at the plate for the Spiders on Sunday, going 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles, and five RBIs. Senior Chris Cowell had a pair of doubles on the day, while redshirt junior Adam McConnell had two hits and scored two runs.
On the mound, freshman Ryan Cook came out of the bullpen and pitched very well, tossing 6.1 scoreless innings. Cook struck out six batters while surrendering six hits. Classmate Ray Harron (0-1) took the loss for Richmond.
Xavier jumped out to an early, 5-0 lead on Sunday afternoon, scoring three runs in the first inning and two in the second, chasing Richmond starter Andrew Blum.
In the bottom of the third, the Spiders got on the board and cut the XU lead to 5-2. With runners on first and second base with one out, Mayers struck for the first time, smashing a two-run double down the left-field line.
Mayers was back at it again in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs and a runner on second, the Mechanicsville, Va. native slapped a double down the left-field line, scoring McConnell easily and making the Xavier lead, 5-3.
With the score still 5-3, the Spiders were in need of a rally in the bottom of the ninth. With one out, senior Phil Ruzbarsky drew a walk to bring the game-tying run to the plate. On a 1-1 count, Mayers made great contact, sending a deep fly ball down the right field line. With the XU right fielder retreating, Mayers' shot clanged off the foul pole for a game-tying, two-run home run. The clutch blast - Mayers' eighth of the season - sent the game in to extra innings.
In the top of the 10th inning, however, the Musketeers were able to push two runs across to take a 7-5 lead. In the bottom of the frame, the Spiders couldn't duplicate the heroics from the previous inning and fell to Xavier, 7-5, in 10.
The Richmond Spiders baseball team will hit the road for a midweek game at William and Mary this Tuesday. First pitch at Plumeri Park is scheduled for 7 p.m.