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Spider Baseball Heads to VMI on Tuesday
Courtesy:Richmond Athletics
Release:04/02/2012
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team will head to Lexington, Va. on Tuesday to face the VMI Keydets for a midweek contest.  First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. and live stats for the game can be found at RichmondSpiders.com.

Scouting the Spiders
The Richmond Spiders come in to Tuesday's game at VMI with an overall record of 15-10 on the season.  This past weekend, Richmond took two of three in its Atlantic 10 conference opening series at La Salle, beating the Explorers on Saturday and Sunday.

The Richmond Spiders offense has been one of the most powerful in the nation this season, ranking second in the country with 39 team home runs.  Leading the power surge has been senior Chris Cowell who leads the A-10 with 11 homers.  Sophomore Mike Small leads the Spiders with a .380 batting average while junior Jacob Mayers leads the conference with 30 RBIs.

On the mound, Mayers and freshman Andrew Blum lead Richmond with four wins each.  Blum has been terrific, boasting a team-best ERA of 3.31, while Mayers leads the team with 42 strikeouts in 44.1 innings pitched.  Closer Alex Maffett has tallied two saves while limiting opponents to hitting just .207.

Scouting the Keydets
The VMI Keydets come in to Tuesday's game with the Spiders having lost their last four contests, dropping their overall record to 9-18 on the season.  This past weekend, the Keydets dropped all three games at conference foe High Point.  Earlier this season, Richmond swept a two-game, midweek series at High Point.

The VMI offense this season has been paced by senior outfielder Jacob Morley, who leads the team with 10 doubles, three triples, six homers, and 21 RBIs.  As a team, the Keydets are hitting .266 on the season with 14 home runs and 119 RBIs.

The pitching for VMI has also been solid this year, as the team has posted an ERA of 5.33, allowing opponents to hit .315 on the season.  Junior Coby Cowgill leads the Keydets with a 4-1 record and a 3.80 ERA.  Cowgill has struck out 37 batters in a team-high 42.2 innings pitched.  Senior Michael Devine and junior John Garrett each have two saves out of the bullpen.

The Series
Dating back to the 2006 season, the Keydets have had the better of the series with the Spiders, posting a record of 5-2-1 against Richmond.  The Spiders, however, are 2-0-1 in the last three games between the two squads.  The teams will meet only once this season, as the first game scheduled between the two teams was rained out.  

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