UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team posted its third shutout of the season on Saturday afternoon, defeating George Washington, 6-0, at Pitt Field. With the win, the Spiders improve to 17-15 on the season and to 4-4 in Atlantic 10 conference play. With the loss, the Colonials fall to 13-21 on the year and to 3-5 in league action.
On the mound, freshman Zak Sterling was very impressive, tossing seven shutout innings of two-hit ball. Sterling didn't allow a hit till the fourth inning, striking out seven on the day. Classmate Ray Harron also had a very nice outing, pitching two scoreless innings out of the bullpen, allowing just one hit.
Senior Chris Cowell hit his A-10 leading 13th home run of the season and also scored three runs, while redshirt junior Adam McConnell also had a homer and drove in three. Junior Jacob Mayers had redshirt junior Matt Zink each had two hits, while senior Bryan Conway had one RBI.
After Richmond scored its first run on a RBI groundout from McConnell in the bottom of the second, the Spiders plated three in the third. After back-to-back singles from Zink and Mayers, runners were on the corners for Conway. The senior brought home Zink with a sacrifice fly to center field, making the Richmond lead, 2-0. Two batters later, Cowell cleared the bases with a monstrous home run to center field, pushing the Spider lead to 4-0.
With Sterling pitching well on the mound, the Richmond offense added to its advantage in the bottom of the fifth. With one on and two out, McConnell connected well on a 1-1 pitch, blasting his second home run of the season over the fence in left field. McConnell's shot made the Richmond lead over George Washington, 6-0.
After seven strong innings from Sterling, Harron was able to come in and pick right up where his classmate left off. GW was never able to mount a rally and the Spiders would take game two of the three-game set, 6-0.
The third and final game of the weekend series between the Richmond Spiders and the George Washington Colonials will be on Sunday at Pitt Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.