DAYTON, Ohio – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team defeated the Dayton Flyers, 4-2, in 10 innings on Saturday.
With the victory, Richmond improves to 8-11-1 on the season overall and to 1-1 in Atlantic 10 conference play. With the loss, Dayton falls to 6-14 on the year and to 1-1 in league action.
"Winning today was huge," Richmond head coach Tracy Woodson said following the victory. "We were down 2-0, came back to tie it up, had a couple of opportunities but Zak Sterling and Ray Harron kept us close. Ray getting us out of the ninth gave us some life and Matt Dacey's home run was huge."
Junior LHP Zak Sterling was terrific for the Spiders, tossing eight great innings. Sterling allowed just two runs on six hits while striking out five. Junior Ray Harron (1-0) pitched two innings to earn his first win of the season.
Sophomore Matt Dacey clubbed his team-leading fifth home run of the season in the 10th inning, while classmate Tyler Beckwith had three hits for the Spiders. Senior Cory Moheit had a hit and a RBI, while classmate Mike Small also had a single in the loss.
Trailing 2-0 entering the top of the fourth, the Spiders tied the game with a pair of runs. After a hit-by-pitch, Beckwith singled to put a pair of runners on base. After a sacrifice bunt from junior Eric Flanagan, runners were on second and third for senior Nick Poulos.
Poulos lined a ball hard to the Dayton shortstop, who mishandled the ball, allowing the Spiders’ first run to score from third base. Moheit followed, tying the game with a RBI groundout to shortstop.
With the Sterling dealing, sitting down nine-straight Flyers at one point, the Spiders had a pair of opportunities in the eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to capitalize and the game headed to extra innings.
In the top of the 10th, sophomore Tanner Stanley drew a walk to get on base. Three batters later, Dacey came through with a clutch, two-run home run, giving the Spiders their first lead of the game, 4-2.
After getting out of a two-on, one-out jam in the bottom of the ninth, Harron worked a perfect bottom of the 10th, sitting the Flyers down in order to secure the win for the Spiders.
The Richmond Spiders will conclude their series with Dayton on Sunday at Time Warner Cable Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.