UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – If one thing is for sure the Spider Baseball team likes a challenge. For the fourth time this season, the Spiders battled a nationally-ranked opponent and stunned No. 25 Old Dominion, 5-1 on Tuesday evening.
Behind a five-run outburst in the fifth, Richmond took a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The inning started with back-to-back singles from RJ Watters and D.J. Lee and a Monarch error would allow Vinny Capra to reach, loading the bases.
Daniel Brumbaugh drove in the first Spider run on a groundout and Jonathan de Marte followed with a two-run single, giving Richmond a 3-0 advantage. The Spiders weren't done there as Kyle Adams smoked a two-out double to make it a 5-0 ball game.
The Monarchs threatened in the seventh and loaded the bases. ODU would scratch out a run behind a sacrifice fly in the inning while the pair of Monarch runners would be left stranded as de Marte retired two.
Before de Marte took the hill and earned his fourth save of the season, Layne Looney pitched six strong innings, scattering just four hits and matching a career-best six strikeouts.
The Spiders will return to action tomorrow for a matinee game at Coppin State. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.