UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team clubbed a season-high 16 hits en route to a 9-6 victory over VCU at Pitt Field on Sunday afternoon.
With the victory, Richmond improves to 15-18-1 on the season overall and to 6-6 in Atlantic 10 conference play. With the loss, VCU falls to 25-8 on the year and to 7-3 in league action.
“After the first two games, I think it was huge for us to come back and get the win today,” Richmond head coach Tracy Woodson said. “Getting back to .500 in the conference gets us back in the middle of things with our goal of making the tournament. Offensively, I thought we answered them well. We scored early, but twice they put runs on the board and we countered. I thought we got some great support from the bottom of the order and not just the top where we usually get it from.”
Sophomore OF Tanner Stanley led the way for the Spiders offensively on Sunday, going 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. 3B Matt Dacey hit a three-run homer, while senior C Cory Moheit drove in a pair of runs.
Eight players had at least one hit in the win, while six different student-athletes scored at least one run. Senior 2B Mike Small had two hits and two RBI, while junior OF Jansen Fraser had two doubles, plating one run. Senior OF Nick Poulos had three hits, while freshman DH Kurtis Brown had two.
On the mound, LHP Dylan Stoops had a solid start for the Spiders, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing three runs with five strikeouts. RHP Ryan Cook (2-1) earned the win, while junior RHP Ray Harron notched his second save of the year, tossing two innings of shutout ball.
Richmond used the long-ball to jump out to an early lead over the Rams. Dacey clubbed his A-10 leading ninth home run in the first – a three-run shot – while Stanley hit a solo shot in the second to give Richmond a 4-0 lead.
VCU answered however, scoring once in the third and three times in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game at 4-4.
In the bottom of the sixth, Richmond countered, scoring three runs of its own to reclaim the lead. After a RBI groundout from Moheit, Stanley singled through the right side of the infield to score another run. Small followed, plating the run from third base on a great squeeze bunt down the first-base line, giving the Spiders a 7-4 advantage.
After the Rams cut the lead to one run in the top of the seventh, Richmond answered once again, scoring twice in the bottom of the frame. With two outs, Fraser hit a RBI double to center field and was brought home on a Moheit single to right field. After seven complete, Richmond led VCU, 9-6.
In the eighth and ninth innings, the Rams could not get a rally going against Harron, as the junior hurler tossed two shutout frames, allowing just two hits to earn his second save of the year.
The Richmond Spiders baseball team will be back on the diamond this Tuesday when the team plays host to VMI. First pitch at Pitt Field is scheduled for 3 p.m.