UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team was unable to overcome two big innings from Northeastern on Friday afternoon, falling to the visiting Huskies, 15-10. With the setback, the Spiders falls to 13-7 on the season, while Northeastern improves to 10-7 on the year overall.
Seniors Chris Cowell and Bryan Conway each had a three-run home run on the day to lead Richmond, while redshirt junior Matt Zink had a solo shot and drove in a pair. Senior Phil Ruzbarsky had two hits and a RBI, while sophomore Mike Small went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Redshirt junior Bret Williams also had a RBI single on the afternoon.
On the mound, junior Jacob Mayers (4-2) took the loss, allowing 10 runs in 6.1 innings of work. Out of the bullpen, freshman Ray Harron tosses 2.1 innings of work, allowing two unearned runs on just one hit.
After Northeastern went scoreless in the top of the first, Zink started the scoring with a leadoff home run to left field. Zink took a 1-1 offering over the fence for his second homer of the season and gave the Spiders an early 1-0 lead.
The Huskies answered back, however, in the top of the third with back-to-back- homers from Jason Vosler and Rob Fonseca. Vosler did most of the damage, clearing the bases with a grand slam.
Trailing 6-1, Richmond got right back in the game with three runs of their own in the bottom of the third. All three runs for the Spiders came on one swing from Cowell, who plated Small and Zink with a three-run shot over the fence in left field. With the long-ball, Cowell leads the country and the Atlantic 10 with 11 on the season.
After each team failed to score in the next three frames, the Huskies exploded for nine runs in the top of the seventh. Headed to the bottom of the seventh, NU led 15-4.
Just like in the third, the Spiders responded with a big inning of their own. Refusing to quit, Richmond pushed across six runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to five, 15-10. After a RBI single from Ruzbarsky, Conway blasted a three-run shot over the center-field fence, cutting the lead to seven on his sixth home run of the year. Williams also drove in a run with a single in the frame, while Zink rounded out the scoring, drawing a bases-loaded walk. After seven complete, the Spiders trailed Northeastern, 15-10.
After the six-run outburst in the seventh, the Spider bats went quiet in the final two innings, allowing the Huskies to hold on and take the win, 15-10.
The Richmond Spiders will continue their series with the Northeastern Huskies on Saturday at Pitt Field with a first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday's series finale is slated for an 11 a.m. start time.