AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team fell to the Massachusetts Minutemen on the road Sunday afternoon, 5-3. With the setback, Richmond falls to 22-22 on the season overall and to 9-9 in Atlantic 10 conference play. With the win, UMass improves to 19-17 on the year and to 11-7 in league action.
Junior Jacob Mayers had a quality start for the Spiders on Sunday, tossing six strong innings. Mayers allowed two earned runs on four hits while striking out a pair.
UMass was the first to get on the scoreboard on Sunday afternoon, plating one run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third inning.
Richmond responded in the top of the fourth, taking the lead away from the Minutemen. With two outs, senior Chris Cowell started a two-out rally by drawing a walk. Cowell was joined on base by Bret Williams who reached on an error, putting runners on first and second for Conway.
Swinging at the first pitch, the senior doubled to deep right-center field. Cowell scored easily from second on the double, while a hustling Williams beat a throw to the plate with a great slide. Conway's team-leading 15th double gave the Spiders a 2-1 lead.
Conway was back at it again in the top of the sixth, extending the Spider lead to 3-1. After an error, sacrifice bunt, intentional walk, and another walk, the bases were loaded for the senior first baseman. On a 1-1 pitch, Conway flied to center field, easily scoring Adam McConnell from third base on the sacrifice fly.
UMass answered the Spiders in both the sixth and seventh innings, taking back the lead. The Minutemen scored one in the sixth before putting up three runs in the next frame to take a 5-3 lead.
In the ninth, the Spiders were unable to mount a late rally, falling to the Massachusetts Minutemen, 5-3.
The Richmond Spiders will be back in action on Tuesday when they will face city rival VCU on Tuesday. First pitch at The Diamond is scheduled for 6 p.m.