KINGSTON, R.I. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team dropped the third and final game of its series with Rhode Island on Sunday, 11-4. With the setback, Richmond falls to 24-24 on the season and to 11-10 in Atlantic 10 play. Rhode Island improves to 28-23 overall and to 13-8 in league action with the win.
Senior Chris Cowell had a monster day at the plate in the loss, going 4-for-5 with two home runs and three RBIs. Redshirt junior Adam McConnell, sophomore Mike Small, and freshman Joey Vecchione all had two hits on the afternoon, while senior Bryan Conway had a RBI.
On the mound, sophomore starter Andrew Blum took the loss for Richmond, surrendering six runs in two innings of work. Out of the bullpen, freshman Ray Harron pitched one shutout frame, striking out one.
Richmond wasted little time getting on the scoreboard Sunday afternoon, striking for two runs in the top of the first. After a single, walk, and strikeout, runners were on first and second with one out for Cowell. On a 3-2 count, Cowell laced a single past the URI third baseman, easily scoring McConnell from second. Conway followed and after a wild pitch, runners were on second and third for the senior. Conway plated a run, grounding out softly to the pitcher to give the Spiders a 2-0 lead after a half inning.
The Spiders lead was short-lived, however, as Rhode Island responded with a run in the first, five in the second, and one in the fourth to take a 7-2 lead over Richmond after four complete.
In the top of the fifth, the Spiders cut in to the Rams' lead via the long ball. With two out, Cowell took a 1-0 offering deep the opposite way, clearing the fence in right field. Cowell's conference-leading 17th home run of the season made the URI advantage, 7-3.
Rhode Island would seize control of the game, however, in the bottom of the frame, scoring three runs. After five complete, URI led 10-3.
The Rams added another in the bottom of the seventh to take an 11-3 lead. In the top of the ninth, Cowell put an exclamation point on his day, smacking a solo homer over the fence in right-center field for his second blast of the day and 18th of the year. That's where the scoring ended for the Spiders, though, and Rhode Island salvaged a game in the series with an 11-4 win.
The Richmond Spiders baseball team will wrap up the regular season with a three-game series against A-10 foe Fordham at Pitt Field. The set gets underway on Thursday with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.