UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – With a career day on the mound, junior Daniel Brumbaugh set the tone for his University of Richmond baseball teammates.
Brumbaugh tossed six strong innings, allowing just one earned run and posting a career-best 10 strikeouts to lead the Spiders to their fourth win in the past five games with a 5-3 win over the Bulldogs of UNC Asheville, to complete the series win.
“Each time we’ve taken the field, we’ve gotten better and that’s what we’ve talked about from day one. We’re starting to do the little things that are allowing us to be successful as a team,” Head Coach Tracy Woodson said. “Daniel really set the tone on the mound and we got some timely hitting to come away with a win against a good squad in UNC Asheville.”
Offensively, Jonathan de Marte led the 12-hit attack with three hits, including one double and an RBI, while D.J. Lee added two hits, two runs and two RBIs. The middle infield duo of Zach Kurtz and Vinny Capra both had two hits on the day as well for the Spiders.
“We’ve talked all season long about sticking together and playing for each other,” de Marte said. “That’s what we’re here for.”
UNCA got on the board first with a solo shot to right field in the top of the second, but that’s all Brumbaugh would allow as he silenced the Bulldog offense all afternoon long.
Richmond would tie the game in the fourth when Justin Cook doubled to left center, Kyle Adams walked and Kurtz beat out an infield single to load the bases with no outs. Brandon Johnson followed by lifting a sac fly to right to even the score at 1-1.
The Spiders took the lead for good in the fifth when Lee led off with a double to left center and came around to score on an RBI from Cook to grab a 2-1 advantage.
Johnson got a Richmond rally started in the sixth with a one-out single and moved to second on Capra’s second single of the day. Lee followed with his second double of the day to score both runners and give the Spiders a 4-1 lead. One pitch later, de Marte laced a single through the left side of the infield to push Richmond’s lead to 5-1.
Brumbaugh did the rest, striking out 10 and retiring 11 of his final 14 batters faced.
UNCA added two runs in the ninth, but freshman Aaron Winkler closed out the game with his first collegiate save, tossing the final three innings of relief.
Richmond returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to 2016 NCAA Tournament participant Maryland. Game time is set for 4 p.m.