UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team fell to the George Washington Colonials, 9-4, at Pitt Field on Friday afternoon. With the loss, Richmond's record on the season drops to 16-15, while George Washington improves to 13-20. Both teams stand at 3-4 in the Atlantic 10.
Sophomore Mike Small had a pair of hits and a RBI for the Spiders, while junior Jacob Mayers and senior Phil Ruzbarsky each drove in one. Senior Bryan Conway also had two hits on the afternoon for Richmond.
On the mound, Mayers was again great for the Spiders, tossing eight innings while striking out a career-high 12 batters. Mayers allowed two runs on just four hits. Out of the bullpen, senior Alex Maffett (2-2) took the loss for Richmond.
After the Spiders scored a run in the bottom of the third on a passed ball, Richmond added to its lead in the next inning. After leading off the fourth with a double to deep center field, Conway was plated by a Small RBI single to right field. Two batters later, the bases were loaded with two outs for Mayers. After falling behind in the count, Mayers battled back and earned a RBI, drawing a walk to push the Spiders' lead to 3-0.
In the top of the seventh, the Colonials cut the lead to just a run, scoring twice. In the bottom of the frame, Ruzbarsky pushed the advantage back to a pair with a RBI single through the right side of the infield, making the score 4-2 in favor of Richmond.
Still leading by two, the Spiders turned the game over to their closer Maffett. The senior struggled to find the strike zone and GW took advantage, scoring seven runs in the inning on five hits and an error.
In the bottom of the inning, Richmond was unable to stage a dramatic comeback and fell to George Washington, 9-4.
The Richmond Spiders will continue their three-game, Atlantic 10 conference series with the George Washington Colonials on Saturday. First pitch at Pitt Field is scheduled for 2 p.m.