UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team got back to its winning ways on Friday afternoon, defeating the Princeton Tigers, 9-7, at Pitt Field. With the win, the Spiders improve to 12-4 on the season, while the Tigers fall to 2-6 on the year overall.
Senior Bryan Conway had one of the best games of his Richmond career on Friday night, going 4-for-4 with two home runs, four RBIS, and four runs scored. Sophomore Mike Small and freshman Eric Flanagan each had two RBIs on the day for the Spiders, while redshirt junior Matt Zink also drive in a run.
On the mound, junior Jacob Mayers (4-1) earned his fourth victory of the season, tossing six innings and while allowing four earned runs. Mayers also struck out seven batters, pushing his total to 34 on the season. Out of the bullpen, junior Jolmi Minaya, redshirt junior Bret Williams, and senior Alex Maffett combined to toss three solid innings, allowing just one unearned run. Maffett recorded the last four outs to record his first save of the season.
The Tigers were the first team to jump on the scoreboard on Friday afternoon, scoring three runs in the top of the second inning. The Spiders answered right back, however, as Conway hit a RBI single and Flanagan recorded his first career triple, driving in a run. Small rounded out the scoring, plating Flanagan with a RBI groundout, tying the game at 3-3 after two innings.
Richmond was right back at it in the bottom of the fourth, pushing three more runs across to take control of the game. Leading off the frame, Conway blasted an opposite-field home run to right field, giving the Spiders the lead. After a Small RBI single and a RBI double from Zink, Richmond led Princeton, 6-3 after four.
After the Tigers scored a run in the top of the fifth, the Spiders answered with a pair of runs. Conway doubled to right center to plate a run, while Flanagan hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Conway, to make the Spider lead, 8-4.
To the Tigers' credit, they refused to back down, scoring two runs in the top of the sixth to make the score 8-6 heading in to the bottom of the seventh. Leading off once again, the senior Conway came through for Richmond, hitting his second solo homer of the day over the left-field fence. Conway's fourth home run of the season gave Richmond a 9-6 advantage.
Princeton made it interesting in the top of the ninth, scoring one run and loading the bases, but Maffett was able to close it out for the Spiders, inducing a game-ending groundout to secure the win, 9-7.
The Richmond Spiders will continue its series with the Princeton Tigers on Saturday at Pitt Field with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m.