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Four-Run Sixth Propels Spiders Over Dayton
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 04/29/2012
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team used a four-run sixth inning to beat the visiting Dayton Flyers, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at Pitt Field.  With the win, Richmond improves to 21-19 overall and to 8-7 in Atlantic 10 conference play.  With the loss, Dayton falls to 21-24 on the year and to 10-5 in league play.

Sophomore Adam Forrer led the Spiders on Sunday afternoon, going 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored.  Redshirt junior Bret Williams had a pinch-hit, two-run single while senior Bryan Conway had a double and drove in a run.

On the mound, sophomore Andrew Blum (5-2) tossed six innings of one-run baseball en route to earning the victory.  Blum struck out a pair while allowing six hits.  Senior closer Alex Maffett pitched the final three innings, earning his third save of the season.

After a scoreless first four innings, the Spiders jumped on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the fifth, pushing across an unearned run to take a 1-0 lead over the Flyers.

When Dayton responded and tied the game in the top of the sixth, Richmond broke the game open with a four spot in the bottom half. 

After a leadoff walk, a UD error, and a groundout, runners were on second and third with one out for Ryan Mallory.  Down in the count early, Mallory battled back to load the bases, drawing a walk. To the plate stepped Forrer, who plated a run with a soft line drive to left field, giving the lead back to the Spiders.

With the bases still loaded, Conway earned a RBI after getting hit by a pitch, adding to the Richmond advantage.  Next up was the pinch hitter Williams, who singled through the right side of the infield, scoring two more and pushing the Spider lead to 5-1 after six complete.

Over the next three innings, the Flyers hung around, scoring two unearned runs in the top of the seventh to cut the lead to 5-3.  In the top of the ninth, Dayton again took advantage of a Richmond error, making the lead just one, 5-4.

With one out and runners on first and second, Forrer was able to turn a 4-3 double play on a ground ball, ending the threat and securing the win for Richmond.

The Richmond Spiders baseball team will hit the road for a mid-week contest at George Mason.  First pitch in Fairfax is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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