UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – Saturday’s game at Pitt Field meant much more than just a baseball game. The Spiders joined thousands of athletes and “Laced Up 4 Pediatric Cancer” to support the Go4theGoal Foundation, which helps kids battling cancer.
Four special guests, who they met during visits to the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU this spring, joined the Spiders for the pre-game ceremony.
In addition to playing for the Spiders’ new friends and raising awareness for pediatric cancer, Richmond defeated George Washington 8-5 in an Atlantic 10 showdown.
Vinny Capra crossed the dish in the first to give Richmond the early 1-0 lead after Caleb Ward’s RBI single. The Spiders extended their lead to 2-0 in the third when Ward laced a double into center to drive in DJ Lee.
The Colonials pushed across three in the fourth to take a one-run, 3-2 lead. However their lead would be short-lived as Richmond registered seven hits in the home half of the inning to take a 7-3 advantage.
Kurtis Brown got things started in the inning with a leadoff double and scored the tying run thanks to an RJ Watters single. Behind back-to-back RBI doubles from Lee and Jonathan de Marte, Richmond regained its lead, 6-3. Ward capped off the outburst when he laced a single to left allowing de Marte to score and put the Spiders in command of a 7-3 lead.
GW cut Richmond’s lead to two, 7-5, in the sixth off of Andrew Selby’s RBI single, but that would be all for the Colonials. Watters singled up to bring home Cook and make it 8-5 in favor of the Spiders.
Behind two-plus strong innings from de Marte on the hill, Richmond shut down any GW rally and secured the 8-5 victory to improve to 3-2 in conference play.
Richmond and George Washington will conclude the series tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. and will be available on the Atlantic 10 Network.