UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team dropped a 21-14 decision to the visiting Princeton Tigers on Saturday afternoon at Pitt Field. With the loss, the Spiders fall to 12-5 on the season overall while the Tigers improve to 3-6 on the year.
Offensively Richmond was led by senior Chris Cowell, redshirt juniors Matt Zink and Adam McConnell, and freshman Eric Flanagan - all of whom hit home runs. Flanagan, McConnell, and junior Jacob Mayers all tallied three RBIs, while Cowell and Zink drove in a pair of runs each. Freshman Zak Sterling (2-1) took the loss for the Spiders.
Big innings were the undoing for the Spiders against the Tigers on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Pitt Field. The Tigers seized control of the game with five runs in the first inning and then added to their total with six runs in the third and four runs in the fourth frame.
Despite trailing, Richmond never gave in as the Spiders scored runs in seven of the game's nine innings, but were unable to put together the real big inning it needed.
Trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the first, Cowell got the Spiders on the board for the first time with his Atlantic 10-leading ninth home run of the season - a two-run shot down the left field line.
Then in the fourth, Mayers continued to drive in runs for Richmond, singling through the left side of the infield, scoring two runs to cut in to the Princeton lead. Mayers leads the team and the conference with 27 RBIs on the season.
Richmond's biggest offensive output came in the fifth inning when it used the long-ball to push across four runs. Flanagan started the scoring in the frame with a two-run homer to left field, his second on the season. Three batters later with one on and two out, McConnell blasted his first homer of the season, clearing the fence in left for a two-run shot. The four-run outburst cut the Tiger lead to 17-10, but that would be as close as the Spiders would come the rest of the game.
Down 21-12 headed to the bottom of the ninth, Richmond scored a pair of runs in the inning, but would be unable to complete the comeback, falling to Princeton, 21-14.
Every Richmond starter had at least one hit on the afternoon, with Zink and sophomore Adam Forrer each collecting a team-best three on the day. McConnell, Mayers, and Flanagan had two hits apiece.
The Richmond Spiders will conclude their three-game series with the Princeton Tigers on Sunday at Pitt Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.