UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – One thing is for sure, the University of Richmond baseball team can battle with pretty much anyone in the country.
The Spiders yet again found themselves in a tight battle, this time with the defending Atlantic 10 champions, Rhode Island in the first game of a three-game set on Friday afternoon at Pitt Field. URI came up with enough timely hits to pull out the 5-1 victory.
Senior Kurtis Brown led the offensive attack with two hits on the day, marking the fourth time in his first five games of 2017 that Brown had a multi-hit performance. Kyle Adams was the other Spider with a multi-hit day with two in the contest.
Classmate Robbie Baker was solid on the mound for Richmond, tossing five strong innings, allowing just one earned run and striking out three.
“We’re still looking for that right formula to be able to pull out these games,” Head Coach Tracy Woodson said. “We’ve been in games all year long and today was no different. We just have to keep fighting and trying to find ways to pull out wins.”
URI would strike first with an unearned run in the top half of the first inning, but Richmond responded in its half of the first.
Daniel Brumbaugh reached on a two-out single and moved to third on a single by Brown. A walk loaded the bases and four pitches later, Brumbaugh slid in safely on a wild pitch to tie the game at 1-1.
Baker went to work, shutting down the defending A-10 champs for the next three frames, allowing just three base runners and keeping the Rams off the scoreboard.
URI added a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth to grab a 5-1 lead.
Richmond put two runners on in the sixth and the seventh, but the Spiders were unable to push any runs across against URI’s Nick Johnson, a top-five prospect in the Atlantic 10.
Johnson kept the Spiders at bay for the rest of the contest, helping URI claim game one of the three-game set.
The two teams return to Pitt Field tomorrow afternoon for game two of the series. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.