UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team completed a sweep of Saint Peter's on Sunday, defeating the visiting Peacocks, 8-2, at Pitt Field. With its sixth-straight win, the Spiders improved their overall record to 6-3, while Saint Peter's fell to 1-9 on the season.
Headlining Richmond's effort on Sunday were junior Jacob Mayers, senior Phil Ruzbarsky, and freshman pitcher Ryan Cook. Mayers drove in three runs with Atlantic 10-leading seventh home run of the season, while Ruzbarsky went 2-for-4 with a homer, a double, and two RBIs. On the mound, Cook (1-0) earned his first win of the season, pitching seven innings, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out five.
For the first five innings on Sunday, the Spiders were unable to get any offense going, allowing Saint Peter's to take a 1-0 lead, as the Peacocks pushed across a run in the third. While the offense might have gotten off to a slow start, the Spiders' starter came out hot from the start. Working around four walks, Cook was able to limit the SPC damage on the scoreboard with timely strikeouts and a stellar defensive effort behind him.
Finally in the bottom of the sixth, Richmond's powerful offense began to click. With one out, runners were on second and third for Mayers after Mike Small reached on an error and Adam McConnell got on with a bunt single. Mayers would clear the bases with one swing, blasting a towering shot down the left-field line for his fourth home run of the week and his seventh on the season. After the Mayers long-ball, Ruzbarsky reached with a double and later scored after two Saint Peter's wild pitches, making the score 4-1 in favor of the Spiders.
After a Small RBI single in the seventh, Richmond took a 5-1 lead in to the bottom of the eighth. With one man on and nobody out, Ruzbarsky took a 1-1 offering deep over the fence in center field for a two-run shot - his third of the season. Later in the frame, Small notched his second RBI of the game, hitting a sacrifice fly to make the score 8-1 in favor of Richmond.
Saint Peter's was able to score a run in the ninth, but it was not nearly enough and the Spiders secured the three-game sweep with an 8-2 win at Pitt Field. Seven different players scored a run for the Spiders on Sunday, while seven of the nine batters collected a hit.
The Richmond Spiders will be back in action on Tuesday and Wednesday, as the team will travel south to face High Point in a two-game, midweek series. First pitches on both Tuesday and Wednesday are scheduled for 4 p.m.