FARMVILLE, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders won their fifth-straight game Wednesday night, defeating the Longwood Lancers on the road, 6-4.
With the victory, Richmond improves to 13-12-1 on the season overall, while Longwood falls to 14-16 on the year. The win marked the 200th career victory for first-year Spider head coach Tracy Woodson.
“Robbie Baker gave us more than we were even looking for today,” Woodson said following the victory. “Great effort from him as a freshman to get his first collegiate win. I thought we swung the bats well again. We got some big-time hits with men in scoring position today.”
On a staff-pitching day, freshman RHP Robbie Baker (1-0) tossed four innings to earn his first win of the season. Sophomore RHP Dan Martinson pitched two solid innings, while junior RHP Ryan Cook recorded the game’s final five outs, striking out three to earn his fifth save of the year.
Offensively, 3B Matt Dacey led the way for the Spiders, going 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI. Senior 2B Mike Small, sophomore SS Tyler Beckwith and Cook each had two hits and drove in a run for Richmond.
The Spiders never trailed on Wednesday night in Farmville, as Dacey gave UR the early advantage his Atlantic 10-leading seventh homer of the year in the top of the first inning.
Longwood battled back to tie the game at 2-2, but the Spiders took the lead for good in the top of the fifth with a pair of runs. Beckwith had a RBI double in the frame and Dacey scored a run with a single to right field.
Leading 5-4 in the top of the ninth, Cook helped himself with a RBI single to right field, pushing the advantage to 6-4. In the bottom of the frame, the junior worked around a one-out walk to nail down the win for the Spiders.
The Richmond Spiders will be back in action on Friday when the team begins a three-game, A-10 series with La Salle. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.