UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team dropped a hard-fought contest to the Dayton Flyers on a soggy afternoon at Pitt Field, 1-0. With the loss, Richmond falls to 20-19 on the season overall and to 7-7 in Atlantic 10 conference play. With the win, Dayton improves to 21-23 and to 10-4 in league action.
Richmond starting pitcher Zak Sterling had a great outing despite not figuring in the decision. The freshman tossed seven shutout innings, surrendering just four hits while striking out seven. Sophomore Andrew Brockett (0-7) took the loss for the Spiders, allowing one run in two innings of work.
After a 31-minute rain delay to start the game, both pitchers came out and threw the ball well, making hits hard to come by for both offenses.
Richmond's best chance at putting a run on the board came in the bottom of the seventh inning. After a leadoff bunt single from McConnell, junior Jacob Mayers drew a walk to put runners on first and second base with no outs. The Spiders would be unable to capitalize, however, as a fly out, foul out, and strikeout ended the threat.
With the score still scoreless headed to the ninth, Dayton was able to score the game's only run in the top of the frame on a RBI single from Zach Stewart. In the bottom of the frame, Richmond couldn't rally and dropped the game to the Flyers, 1-0.
The Richmond Spiders baseball team will close out its series with the Dayton Flyers on Sunday afternoon at Pitt Field. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.