UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - Playing in flurries for most of the game, the University of Richmond Spiders baseball team took down the Bucknell Bison, 6-3, on a frigid afternoon at Pitt Field. With the win, the Spiders move to 2-0 on the young season, while the Bison fall to 0-2 on the year.
Reigning Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year Zak Sterling (1-0) was sharp in his first start of the season, tossing five innings and striking out five. Sophomore Ryan Cook pitched the final four frames for the Spiders to earn the save. Cook allowed just one run on two hits while fanning five.
"Tough day to play weather-wise, but I thought our guys handled the elements well," Richmond head coach Mark McQueen said. "Sterling gave us a quality start and the offense had a nice run there in the fourth inning. Overall, I'm pleased with the way we've started so far and we just have to keep doing better on some little things."
After a scoreless first, the Spiders jumped on the board first in the bottom of the second, plating a pair of runs. After pushing across the first run on a Bucknell error, Flanagan plated another with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Richmond seized control of the game in the fourth inning, pushing its lead to 6-0 with a four-run outburst. With the bases loaded, both Zink and Stanley earned a RBI when both were hit by pitches. Mayers brought home another with a single to right, while Williams plated the final run on a RBI groundout.
The Bison answered back with two unearned runs in the top of the fifth, but Cook was lights-out for most of the afternoon out of the bullpen for the Spiders. The sophomore hurler allowed just one run, scattering a pair of hits in his four innings of work to secure the save and the win.
The Richmond Spiders will look for the season-opening series sweep on Sunday, with first pitch against Bucknell scheduled for 1 p.m.