UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – It’s clear that the University of Richmond baseball team will make its opponents work for an entire nine innings this year.
The Spiders (7-11) battled the Camels of Campbell University all the way to the final strike, but dropped a tough 5-4 decision in the finale of the 2017 Spider Invitational.
Redshirt sophomore D.J. Lee had two hits and two RBIs on the day to lead the offensive attack, while five other players had hits on the afternoon for the Spiders.
“It’s nothing we haven’t seen already this year, but our guys will battle all the way to the final out,” Head Coach Tracy Woodson said. “We just have to continue to work on getting better every time we come on the field. We haven’t been able to put together many complete games this year whether it’s fielding, timely hitting or pitching. When we put a complete game together, I like our chances to compete.”
Campbell manufactured a run in the top of the first to grab a quick lead, but Richmond responded right back in its half of the first.
Junior Vinny Capra ripped a one-out triple down the right field line and came around two pitchers later when Brumbaugh delivered an RBI groundout to tie the game at 1-1.
Richmond kept the offense going in the bottom of the second when Jonathan de Marte laced a leadoff double into right field and came around two batters later when Brandon Johnson sent an RBI single through the left side to give the Spiders a 2-1 advantage.
Looney settled into a nice groove, posting three straight scoreless innings for Richmond.
The Camels would capitalize on a Spider miscue in the top of the fifth to plate four runs and regain the lead at 5-2.
Brumbaugh’s relief pitching would give Richmond a chance to comeback in the ninth and that’s exactly what the Spiders put together.
In the home half of the ninth, Caleb Ward drew a leadoff walk and a single by Zach Kurtz two-out single put runners on second and third. Lee followed with a rip back up the middle to plate two runners and put the winning run at the plate. However, Campbell would get the final out and hold on for the 5-4 win.
Richmond returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Lexington, Va. to take on in-state rival VMI. Game time is set for 6 p.m.