NORFOLK, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team won its third-straight game on Tuesday afternoon, defeating Old Dominion on the road, 8-2. With the win, Richmond improves its record to 3-3 on the season, while Old Dominion falls to 2-6 on the year.
Making his first collegiate start, sophomore Andrew Blum (1-0) pitched well, earning his first victory. Blum tossed 6.1 innings, allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out a career-high five batters.
Junior Jacob Mayers hit his fourth home run of the season and drove in three runs to highlight the Spiders' offensive effort on Tuesday. Redshirt junior Adam McConnell had a pair of hits, while sophomore Adam Forrer had a two-run single. Redshirt junior Matt Zink had a RBI and two stolen bases for Richmond.
In the top of the first, the Spiders jumped out to an early lead thanks to its Atlantic 10-leading 11th home run of the season. With one away, Zink was on first base after drawing a 10-pitch, leadoff walk. On a 1-1 count, Mayers put a powerful swing on the ball, hitting a towering shot down the left-field line. Sailing over the foul pole, Mayers' fourth homer of the season gave the Spiders an early, 2-0 advantage.
Just one inning later, the Spiders added a run to its lead. Down 0-2 in the count, Forrer battled back to draw a walk. After a stolen base and a groundout, Forrer was on third with one out for Zink. The redshirt junior came through for Richmond, hitting a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Forrer, and giving Richmond a 3-0 lead over the Monarchs.
After ODU scored a run in the bottom of the fourth, Richmond responded with three runs in the top of the fifth. After reaching with a single up the middle, McConnell was moved to third after a failed pickoff attempt and a balk. After a Mayers walk, McConnell scored on a Chris Cowell fielder's choice. Three batters later, the bases were loaded for Forrer after an ODU error and a hit-by-pitch. On a 2-1 offering, Forrer knocked a two-run single to left field, pushing the Richmond lead to 6-1.
In the top of the sixth, Mayers notched his third RBI of the game, hitting a sacrifice fly to center, making the score 7-1 in favor of the Spiders. While the Richmond offense was clicking, Blum was dialed in on the mound, striking out the side in the Old Dominion sixth inning.
Out of the bullpen, junior Jolmi Minaya pitched the final 2.2 innings in perfect fashion, not allowing a hit while striking out one. The Spiders added a run in the eighth on a pair of ODU errors, making the final score 8-2 in favor of Richmond.
The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team will conclude its two-game, midweek series with the Old Dominion Monarchs on Wednesday in Richmond. First pitch at Pitt Field is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.