PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team used 14 runs and 13 hits to defeat Atlantic 10 rival Temple on the road Friday night, 14-6. With the win, Richmond improves to 19-16 on the season overall and to 6-4 in conference play. With the loss, the Owls fall to 13-24 on the year and to 1-9 in league action.
Junior Jacob Mayers went 2-for-3 at the plate on Friday with three RBIs and four runs scored, while sophomore Adam Forrer hit his third home run of the season and drove in a pair. Senior Bryan Conway and redshirt junior Ryan Mallory each had two RBIs, while senior Chris Cowell, senior Phil Ruzbarsky, and redshirt junior Adam McConnell each plated one on the afternoon.
On the mound, Mayers (6-2) had a solid day for the Spiders. The junior put in seven innings of work allowing six runs on nine hits. Mayers struck out nine en route to winning his sixth game of the season. Senior Alex Maffett pitched the final two innings in scoreless fashion, striking out a pair.
The Spiders struck first on a windy day in Philadelphia. With two outs, Mayers drew a walk to get on base for Cowell. On a 2-1 offering, Cowell smashed a deep fly ball to right-center field, missing a home run by three feet. Instead, Cowell settled for a run-scoring double, giving the Spiders a 1-0 lead.
After Temple responded with three runs in the bottom of the first, Richmond came right back to cut in to the deficit in the second. After a leadoff walk to Conway, Forrer hit a triple to the wall in right center, cutting the Temple lead to 3-2.
In the bottom of the third, the Spiders tied the game with another extra-base hit. After Mayers reached on an error and Cowell drew a walk, runners were on first and second for Ruzbarsky. On a 0-2 count, Ruzbarsky doubled to deep center field, scoring Mayers from second and tying the game at 3-3.
The Owls took the lead back in the bottom of the third on a Taylor Juran double. In the next inning, the Spiders again battled back to tie the contest. With one out, sophomore Mike Small double down the left-field line and was joined on base by redshirt junior Matt Zink who reached on an infield single. Two batters later with two outs, Mayers lined a single to left, tying the game at 4-4 with his 37th RBI of the season.
Trailing by one in the top of the sixth, the Spiders exploded for six runs to take a 10-5 lead over the host Owls, sending 10 batters to the plate in the top half. In the inning, Mallory had a two-run double, Mayers hit a one-run double, and Conway knocked in one with a single. Richmond also took advantage of a error in right field, allowing two more runs to score.
The Spiders added another run to its lead in the top of the seventh. With two outs and a runner on second, Conway knocked in his second run of the day with a single through the left side of the infield, pushing the Richmond advantage to 11-5.
In the final two innings, McConnell and Mayers each drove in a run, while Forrer hit a solo shot in the ninth to give the Spiders their winning margin of 14-6.
With rain in the forecast for this weekend in Philadelphia, the schedule for the final two games of the series has been changed. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, with the first game scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. first pitch.