COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Spider Baseball program is no stranger to games that go to the wire. Tuesday's game in College Park was no different as the Spiders battled with Big Ten foe and 2016 NCAA Tournament participant, #24 Maryland, to the very end. However, Maryland came from behind and Richmond dropped a heartbreaker, 12-11,
Richmond did not waste any time after stepping on to the diamond Tuesday afternoon. Behind a two-run double from Jonathan de Marte and an RBI single from Justin Cook, the Spiders took a 3-0 lead after the top of the first. Maryland answered when they had their chance in the bottom half scoring four runs to take a 4-3 lead.
The Spider offensive outburst continued in the next frame as six runs came across the plate. Daniel Brumbaugh reached on a Maryland error to load the bases for de Marte, who smashed his second two-run double of the day. With RBIs from Kyle Adams and Cook, the Spiders added two more to the scoreboard, before Caleb Ward’s single capped off the outburst giving Richmond a 9-4.
Maryland responded with two runs of their own, cutting Richmond’s lead to three, 9-6. After two scoreless frames, the Terps’ cut the Spiders lead to one, 9-8, behind a two-run homer from Dan Maynard in the fifth.
Richmond capitalized on a leadoff double from Ward and a couple Maryland miscues in the seventh. Both Ward and Kyle Schmidt crossed the plate to extend the Spiders’ lead to 11-8.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Terps tied the game on a three-run homer from Nick Cieri. Their late inning rally wouldn’t stop there as an RBI single allowed Zach Jancarski to score the go-ahead run and give Maryland a 12-11 lead.
The Spiders looked to regain their lead in the ninth, but the Terps would hold them at bay for the win.
Richmond returns home to Pitt Field for a three-game Atlantic 10 Conference showdown with George Washington. The series begins on Friday at 3:00 p.m.