OLEAN, N.Y. – With temperatures in the 50s and rain throughout the contest, the University of Richmond baseball had more than just the Bonnies of St. Bonaventure to battle in the opener of a three-game Atlantic 10 series.
Five early runs from the Bonnies proved to be too much as the Spiders dropped the opener, 7-2.
“Give credit to their guy for making pitches all game long, we couldn't really get anything going,” Head Coach Tracy Woodson said. “We have to continue to battle and try to make every opportunity count.”
Senior Robbie Baker and SBU starter Aaron Phillips tossed up back-to-back scoreless innings to start the game before the Bonnies got two runs in the third and another in the fourth to grab a 3-0 cushion.
Schmidt tried to spark a Richmond rally with a leadoff double in the top of the fifth and two batters later, came home on an RBI groundout from Zach Kurtz to make it 3-1.
The Bonnies responded in their half of the fifth, plating two more runs to extend the lead to 5-1.
Richmond finally got to Phillips, who entered the game a perfect 7-0 this spring, in the top of the sixth.
Brumbaugh drew a one-out walk and Jonathan de Marte followed with a single through the left side. Another walk loaded the bases for Schmidt, who lifted a sac fly to left field to plate Brumbaugh and make it 5-2.
SBU would add runs in the seventh and eighth and the Bonnies bullpen would due the job, holding the Spiders at bay to secure the 7-2 victory.
The two teams will faceoff on Saturday in game two of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.