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Richmond Travels to William and Mary on Tuesday
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 04/09/2012
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team will hit the road this Tuesday to play a midweek game at William and Mary.  First pitch in Williamsburg is scheduled for 7 p.m.  Live stats for the game can be found at

Scouting the Spiders
The Richmond Spiders come in to Tuesday's game with the Tribe with an overall record of 16-13 on the season.  This past weekend, the Spiders dropped two of three to the visiting Xavier Musketeers at Pitt Field.

Offensively the Spiders have been led by sophomore Mike Small and senior Phil Ruzbarsky this season.  Small leads Richmond with a .382 batting average while Ruzbarsky is hitting .356 on the year with eight home runs and 24 RBIs.  Senior Chris Cowell leads the Atlantic 10 with 12 homers, while junior Jacob Mayers is tops in the league with 35 RBIs.

The Richmond pitching staff has been solid this year, posting a team ERA of 5.37.  Mayers leads the team with a 5-2 record and 53 strikeouts in 54.1 innings pitched, while senior closer Alex Maffett leads the team with a 3.75 ERA.

Scouting the Tribe
The William and Mary Tribe will host the Spiders this Tuesday coming off a weekend that saw W&M lose two of three to CAA rival Delaware.  On the season, William and Mary has posted an overall record of 22-13.

Leading the way offensively this season for the Tribe has been sophomore infielder Ryan Lindemuth.  Lindemuth is hitting a team-best .369 on the season and has driven in a team-high 33 runs.  Senior Tadd Bower leads the team with 12 doubles, while freshman Michael Katz has six home runs on the year.

Pitching has been the strength for William and Mary this season, as the Tribe has posted a team ERA of 2.77.  Senior Matt Davenport is 5-2 on the year with a 1.46 ERA and 52 strikeouts.  Junior closer John Farrell has made seven saves out of the bullpen for W&M.

The Series
In the overall series between Richmond and William and Mary, the Spiders hold a 56-28 advantage over the Tribe.  Earlier this season on March 27, W&M defeated Richmond, 9-5, at Pitt Field.  In the loss, redshirt junior Matt Zink went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, while Ruzbarsky had two hits, including a solo home run.

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