CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The past few weeks have provided a good look at just how much talent is on the University of Richmond baseball roster.
In the past month, the Spiders have taken a top-five team to the wire and picked up a win over the 25th-ranked team in the country.
Tuesday in Charlottesville was no different as Richmond battled the ninth-ranked Cavaliers of Virginia to the wire, but came up just short in a 8-3 loss in front of nearly 4,000 at Davenport Stadium.
“We've continually showed that we can battle with some of the best teams in the country. Obviously this season hasn't gone the way we wanted it to, but it's clear that our guys are talented enough to compete against the best,” Head Coach Tracy Woodson said.
Seven different Richmond pitchers took the hill with freshman Aaron Winkler tossing two scoreless in his third career start. Jacob Lamb, Jacob Weis and Brandon Johnson also had scoreless outings in relief for the Spiders.
Timely hitting led to an early lead for the Spiders who got singles from Schmidt and Cook to put two on and two outs in the top half of the second. Watters delivered with a single through the left side to plate Schmidt and grab a 1-0 lead.
Winkler and crew went to work on the mound, shutting out the Cavaliers for the first three innings before UVA got a solo homerun to tie the game at 1-1 in the home half of the fourth.
The hurlers on both sides would take over, tossing up zeroes on the scoreboard heading into the bottom of the seventh.
UVA's offense, which leads the ACC in batting, came alive in the seventh with three runs to grab a 4-1 advantage.
The Spiders wouldn't go quietly with an RBI singles from Kyle Adams and plating a run on a wild pitch in the top of the eighth to make it a one-run game at 4-3.
UVA's offense would stay hot in the bottom of the eighth, plating four more runs to push the score to 8-3.
Richmond would try to rally in the ninth, but UVA would keep the Spiders off the scoreboard to secure the win.
The Spiders wrap up the 2017 season this weekend when they host city rival VCU in a three-game set beginning on Thursday with a televised contest against the Rams. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m. on CSN-Mid Atlantic plus.