UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team used a five-run second inning to defeat the visiting Fordham Rams, 10-2, on Thursday afternoon at Pitt Field. With the win, the Spiders improve to 25-24 on the season overall and to 12-10 in Atlantic 10 conference play. With the loss, Fordham falls to 22-32 on the year and to 12-10 in league action.
The Spider offense was led on afternoon by a trio of redshirt juniors - Ryan Mallory, Matt Zink, and Adam McConnell. Mallory went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored, while both Zink and McConnell each drove in a pair. Sophomore Adam Forrer and Mike Small had one RBI apiece in the victory.
On the mound, senior Alex Maffett (4-2) had a quality start for Richmond, earning the win. Maffett allowed just two runs over six innings, striking out four. Out of the bullpen, freshman Ray Harron recorded his first career save, pitching three shutout innings and striking out three.
After a scoreless first inning, the Spiders took early control of the game with a five-run second inning. Mallory got the scoring started, drawing a bases-loaded walk. After a RBI single from Small, Zink plate the third run of the frame with RBI fielder's choice. A Fordham wild pitch made the Richmond lead 4-0 before a sacrifice fly off the bat of McConnell pushed across the fifth and final run of the inning.
The Spiders played add-on in the third, plating three more runs. RBIs from Forrer, Zink, and McConnell made the Richmond lead 8-0 after just three innings of play.
The scoring continued in the fourth for the Spiders. With runners on first and second with two out, Mallory lined a single to right field to score a run. Richmond then scored its final run of the game, capitalizing on an error from the Rams' second baseman to take a 10-0 advantage.
Fordham would score a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning, but the effort would not be nearly enough as the Spiders went on to claim the game one victory, 10-2.
With results around the Atlantic 10 on Thursday, Richmond is now tied for fifth place in the conference with Fordham, Xavier, and Massachusetts at 12-10. St. Louis and Dayton have clinched a spot in the six-team league tournament. Rhode Island is 2.0 games up on the quartet at 14-8, while St. Joseph's is only a 0.5 game ahead of the four teams in fourth.
The Richmond Spiders will continue their Atlantic 10 series with the Fordham Rams on Friday at Pitt Field. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.