UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team opened the 2013 season with an impressive, 10-4 win over the Bucknell Bison at Pitt Field on Friday afternoon.
Making his first collegiate start, redshirt freshman Jonathan de Marte (1-0) earned the win, striking out eight batters while surrendering just two runs in five innings pitched.
Eight players tallied hits for Richmond on the afternoon, with senior Matt Zink going 4-for-5 with a double, a RBI and two runs scored. Freshmen Aaron Newman and Tanner Stanley each homered for the Spiders, while Bret Williams and Eric Flanagan each drove in a pair.
"It was a great day for the Spiders," head coach Mark McQueen remarked following the victory. "It was good to see the offense break out like that and the pitching, led by Jonathan de Marte, was outstanding."
Heading to the bottom of the fifth, Bucknell led Richmond, 1-0, after breaking through for a two-out run in the top of the first. That quickly changed, however, as Newman led off the frame with a towering shot down the left-field line that tied the game at 1-1.
After an error, a Zink single and a walk to Stanley, the bases were loaded with one out for Williams. The senior first baseman plated a pair with a single to center, while freshman Jansen Fraser followed with a RBI single to center field. After five full, Richmond led Bucknell, 5-1.
After a RBI single from Zink in the sixth, Flanagan made the Spider advantage 8-4 in the seventh with a two-run single up the middle. Richmond capped its scoring in the eighth, when Stanley played long ball, hitting a two-run shot over the fence in right field.
While the Spider offense was clicking, the bullpen was also going well. Sophomore James Lively pitched two strong innings, allowing two unearned runs while striking out three. Redshirt sophomore Dylan Stoops finished the game out, allowing just one hit and striking out a pair in his two innings of work.
Richmond will continue its three-game series with Bucknell on Saturday at Pitt Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.