UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team dropped the third and final game of the season series to the Princeton Tigers on Sunday afternoon, 15-9, at Pitt Field. With the setback, the Spiders fall to 12-6 on the season, while the Tigers improve to 4-6 on the year.
The quartet of Phil Ruzbarsky, Jacob Mayers, Matt Zink, and Mike Small had 12 of Richmond's 13 hits on the day, as each player collected three hits apiece. Ruzbarsky and Zink each had two RBIs, while Mayers, Adam Forrer, and Adam McConnell each drove in one run each.
Trailing 1-0 coming to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Spiders took their first lead of the day on a Zink RBI single. Earlier in the frame, Ruzbarsky had doubled and later scored on a Princeton error.
The Tigers quickly retook the lead in the top of the fifth, scoring three times to take a 4-2 lead. In what turned out to be a trend on a beautiful day at Pitt Field, the teams would begin to take and retake the lead in a back and forth affair. RBIs from Ruzbarsky and Forrer tied the game at 4-4 after five innings of play.
After Princeton scored once in the top of the sixth, Richmond answered right back with two runs in the bottom of the frame. After Zink scored on a fielding error to tie the game at 5-5, Ruzbarsky slapped a two-out single through the right side, scoring Small and giving the Spiders a 6-5 advantage.
Princeton seized control of the game, however, thanks in part to a four-run seventh inning. Over the course of the last three frames, the Tigers scored 10 times. Richmond kept at it, scoring runs in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings, but the Spiders were unable to overcome leaving 16 men on base and fell to the Tigers, 15-9.
The University of Richmond Spiders will be back in action on Wednesday, March 21 when the Spiders will play host to in-city rival VCU. First pitch at Pitt Field is scheduled for 3 p.m.