ST. LOUIS, Mo. – If the Spider Baseball faithfuls have seen one thing this season, it's that Richmond has a lot of heart and continues to battle. Friday night's Atlantic 10 contest with Saint Louis was no different. The Spiders battled from behind to take a lead, however they dropped a heartbreaker to the Billikens, 4-3.
Richmond looked to break open the game early with a double from Vinny Capra and a Daniel Brumbaugh walk, but SLU starter Miller Hogan pitched out of the jam. The Billikens, however, were able to get on the board in the bottom half of the inning as a leadoff single led to a pair of runs.
SLU threatened with a pair of base runners in the third, but a strikeout from Robbie Baker ended the inning.
The Spiders sparked a rally in the seventh to take a 3-2 lead. Brumbaugh led off the inning with a single through the right side before Jonathan de Marte blasted a two-run shot tying the ball game at 2-2. Kurtis Brown and Kyle Schmidt kept things going for the Spiders before RJ Watters drove in the go-ahead run.
SLU responded with a leadoff homer from Trent Leimkuehler in the home half of the inning tying the game at 3-3. The Billikens would retake their lead off an RBI single from Cole Dubet.
In the bottom of the eighth, Peter Bovenzi took over the hill and struck out the side holding SLU at bay and giving the Spiders an opportunity for another rally. With one out, back-to-back singles put runners on in the ninth as Richmond looked to strike back. However, the Billikens held off the rally to take game one, 4-3.
The Spiders will continue the series with SLU tomorrow. First pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m. eastern.