UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond baseball returned to Pitt Field on Saturday afternoon to host UNC Asheville in a non-conference doubleheader. The Spiders won the first game 4-2 while Asheville evened the series with a 4-1 victory in game two.
Game 1: Richmond 4, UNC Asheville 2
Asheville got things going with a solo shot from Justin Woods in the second. The Bulldogs lead was short-lived as the Spiders answered in the bottom half of the inning when Kyle Adams and Tim Miller crossed the dish giving Richmond a 2-1 lead.
The Spiders tacked on a pair of runs in the fifth to extend their lead to 4-2 when Daniel Brumbaugh smashed the ball over the right field wall for his third homer of the season.
Robbie Baker was masterful on the hill, matching a career-long outing of seven innings. The right-hander only allowed the one hit and went on to shutout down the Bulldogs in the next five frames, and struck out seven.
Asheville would not go quietly as they pushed one across in the ninth, but Richmond would hang on to the 4-2 victory and Jonathan de Marte would earn his second career save.
Game 2: Asheville 4, Richmond 1
Much like the first game, the Bulldogs were the first to plate a run. In the fourth, behind a sac fly from Andrew Friedholm, Asheville went up 1-0.
The Bulldogs tacked on one in the sixth and added two more in the eighth to go ahead 4-0.
Richmond continued to battle as they looked for a ninth inning rally. Brumbaugh got the inning started with a single to left before Justin Cook doubled down the left field line. An RBI single from Miller drove in Brumbaugh and put the Spiders within three, 4-1. However, the Bulldogs shut down Richmond’s rally to even the series at 1-1.
The two teams will square off in the rubber match tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for noon and will be available on SpiderTV.