SAN ANTONIO, Tex. – The University of Richmond baseball team wrapped up its Spring Break trip to Texas on a high note on Wednesday afternoon, taking down Incarnate Word, 7-5, in the finale of the five-game road swing.
Richmond used a four-run fourth and two key runs in the ninth to come away with the victory.
Junior Vinny Capra might move to the Lonestar State after this past week, finishing the trip 9-of-21 with four runs and three RBIs, including a 2-for-5 performance against the Cardinals. Texas native Daniel Brumbaugh was huge with the go-ahead RBI double and closing the win out in relief.
Five different hurlers took the mound for Richmond with Texas natives Brumbaugh and Layne Looney tossing two scoreless innings each to bookend the win.
“Obviously we would have liked to have had more success down here, but it’s a good step to head home on a winning note,” Head Coach Tracy Woodson said. “We got some timely hitting, getting some runs when we needed them the most. We’re excited to get back home and get to work.”
Capra and the Spiders got things started early when he roped a one-out double to left field in the top of the first, advanced to third on a wild pitch and came around two pitches later when Brumbaugh drove him in to give Richmond a 1-0 cushion.
Looney kept the Cardinals off the board for his two innings of work and set the stage for Richmond’s big fourth inning that began when Caleb Ward drew a two-out walk.
Three pitches later, Brandon Johnson smoked a double to right center to plate Ward. Cook followed with an RBI double of his own and scored on the very next pitch when D.J. laced a triple to give Richmond a 4-0 advantage.
Lee would also come around to score on an UIW miscue to give Richmond a 5-0 lead after four complete.
UIW would chip away at the lead, getting three back in the bottom of the fifth and eventually tying the game at 5-5, on a two-out, two-RBI double in the home half of the seventh.
The Spiders would not be denied, as once again, they rallied with two outs. This time it was Capra, who singled through the left side and moved into scoring position with a stolen base.
Brumbaugh stepped up and brought Capra home with a double to right center. Two pitches later, de Marte laced a single up the middle to score Brumbaugh and give Richmond a 7-5 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.
That’s all Brumbaugh needed, pitching a perfect 1-2-3 ninth to seal the win.
Richmond returns to Pitt Field this weekend to host Youngstown State in a three-game set. Friday’s first pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.