UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team used a five-run fourth inning to help defeat the Old Dominion Monarchs, 7-6, at Pitt Field on Tuesday afternoon.
With the victory, the Spiders are off to their best start since the 2009 season, moving to 10-2 on the year. Old Dominion fell to 6-4 with the loss on Tuesday afternoon.
Senior Bret Williams went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while freshman Aaron Newman blasted a three-run home run to lead the Spider offense. Senior Jacob Mayers and freshman Jansen Fraser each drove in a run in the win.
On the mound, LHP Chris Bates gave the Spiders a solid start, but freshman Peter Bayer (1-0) earned his first collegiate victory, tossing 3.2 innings out of the bullpen. Sophomore Ryan Cook recorded the final two outs of the game to notch his third save of the season.
"Overall it was a great team win," Richmond head coach Mark McQueen said following the game. "Good job by the pitching staff to strike out 13 hitters and I was really impressed with the offense, especially in the fourth inning."
After Old Dominion led off both the first and second innings with solo home runs, the Spiders were down 2-0 headed in to the bottom of the fourth.
After a leadoff single from freshman Tanner Stanley, Mayers wasted little time cutting the Monarch lead in half, lining a RBI triple to the right field fence. Next up was Williams, who brought home Mayers with an infield single, tying the game at 2-2.
Two batters later, junior Nick Poulos singled through the right side to put runners on the corners for Newman. The freshman came through in a big way, clearing the bases with a three-run home run to left field, his second of the season.
Leading 5-2, Richmond saw the Monarchs tie the game in the top of the fifth as Old Dominion plated three runs to tie the game at 5-5.
The Spiders answered right back in the bottom of the frame, taking a lead they wouldn't relinquish. With one out, Stanley singled and then stole second base to get in to scoring position. After a walk to Mayers, Williams recorded his team-best 14th RBI of the season, lacing a double to right field to give Richmond the lead. Fraser followed, scoring Mayers from third with an infield single to second base to give the Spiders a 7-5 advantage.
With a two-run cushion, Bayer settled in on the mound for Richmond. The freshman right hander had his best game for the Spiders to date, allowing just one run while striking out seven.
Old Dominion mounted a late rally in the ninth, chasing Bayer after the rookie was able to get the first out of the frame. Cook came out of the bullpen and promptly shut the door, however, securing the 7-6 win and notching his third save of the year.
The Richmond Spiders baseball team will face the Longwood Lancers on Wednesday at Pitt Field at 2:30 p.m. With weather due to come through the area, be sure to check with RichmondSpiders.com for updates.