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Richmond Hosts Colonials for Three this Weekend
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 04/12/2012
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team will play host to the George Washington Colonials this weekend at Pitt Field.  The three-game, Atlantic 10 series gets underway on Friday with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.

Fans can purchase live, SpiderTV video broadcasts off all three games at  Fans can also follow along with all three games with live stats at

Scouting the Spiders
The Richmond Spiders come in to this weekend's series with George Washington with an overall record of 16-14 and an Atlantic 10 conference record of 3-3.  Last weekend, the Spiders dropped two of three to Xavier at Pitt Field.

Sophomore Mike Small leads Richmond with a batting average of .365, while senior Phil Ruzbarsky is hitting .356 with seven doubles and eight home runs.  Classmate Chris Cowell leads the A-10 with 12 home runs, while junior Jacob Mayers leads the conference with 35 RBIs.  As a team, the Spiders are hitting .291 on the season with 42 homers and 185 RBIs.

On the mound, Mayers has been terrific for Richmond.  Mayers has posted a record of 5-2 on the year and has struck out 53 batters in 54.1 innings pitched.  Senior closer Alex Maffett leads the Spiders with an ERA of 3.60 while tallying two saves.

Scouting the Colonials
The George Washington Colonials come to Richmond this weekend with an overall record of 12-20 and an A-10 conference mark of 2-4.  The Colonials have lost two of three to both La Salle and Rhode Island in A-10 play this season.

Offensively seniors Brett Bowers and Stephen Oswald have led the Colonials.  Bowers leads GW with a .317 batting average, while Oswald has hit a team-best two home runs and driven in 21 RBIs.  As a team, George Washington is hitting .261 on the year with six homers and 118 runs driven in.

The pitching has been solid for the Colonials this year, as GW has posted a team ERA of 5.26, allowing opposing batters to hit just .279.  Junior Kenny O'Brien leads George Washington with a 3-3 record, as well as four saves.  Sophomore Aaron Weisberg has also been solid, posting a team-best ERA of 1.54.

The Series
In the series history between the Colonials and the Spiders dating back to the 2006 season, George Washington holds a 9-6 record over Richmond.  GW has won the past two series between the two teams, including two wins at Pitt Field in 2010.

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