RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team lost a closely fought game to VCU at The Diamond on Tuesday night, 6-4. With the setback, Richmond falls to 22-23 on the season while the Rams improve to 28-21.
Senior Chris Cowell has a two-run double, while redshirt junior Adam McConnell went 3-for-4 with three runs scored to lead the way for the Spiders. Senior Phil Ruzbarsky and redshirt junior Bret Williams also drove in runs on the night.
Out of the bullpen, freshman James Lively pitched well, tossing a strong 4.1 innings of relief. Lively allowed one run on only two hits while striking out five. Sophomore Andrew Brockett also had a nice outing, pitching 1.2 perfect innings with one strikeout. Starting the game, Williams took the loss for the Spiders.
The Spiders jumped on the Rams early Tuesday night, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. After a leadoff single from McConnell, a sacrifice bunt, and a walk to Ruzbarsky, runners were on first and second with one out for Cowell. On a 2-2 pitch, Cowell blasted a double off the fence in left-center field, plating both runners easily.
The Rams would answer back in a big way, however, scoring five runs in the second inning and adding another in the third to take a 6-2 lead headed to the top of the fifth.
In the top half of the fifth, the Spiders were able to cut the lead to three, 6-3. With just one out, Richmond loaded the bases after a pair of singles and a HBP. After a pop out, Williams earned a RBI the hard way, getting plunked on the right shoulder.
Still trailing 6-3, the Spiders headed to the top of the ninth in need of a rally. With one out, McConnell recorded his third hit of the day to reach. After a strikeout, Ruzbarsky doubled to deep left-center field, plating McConnell to cut the lead to 6-4. That's as close as the Spiders would get, however, as Cowell struck out to end the game.
The Richmond Spiders will head north this weekend for an Atlantic 10 conference series with the Rhode Island Rams. The three-game set gets underway on Friday with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.