UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond baseball team completed a season-opening sweep of the Bucknell Bison on an icy Sunday afternoon at Pitt Field, 6-1. With the win, Richmond improves to 3-0, while the Bison fall to 0-3 on the year.
Junior RHP Andrew Blum had one of the finest games of his Spider career on Sunday afternoon, tossing seven innings while allowing just one unearned run. Blum also struck out seven batters, didn't surrender a walk and scattered just two hits. Redshirt sophomore Dylan Stoops finished off the game, pitching a perfect final two frames, striking out one.
"The story today was Blum," Richmond head coach Mark McQueen said following the win. "Very tough conditions out here today and he came out and did an outstanding job. He was key, the defense played well and Stanley had a key hit to get the offense going."
After a 30-minute ice delay, both offenses took a while to get warm. After five complete, neither team had been able to mount any sort of threat.
Finally in the sixth, Bucknell pushed across an unearned run to take a 1-0 lead over the Spiders. In the bottom half, Richmond answered right back, scoring a pair of runs without getting a hit.
After three walks, the bases were loaded for Williams. During the senior's at-bat, Richmond tied the game after a wild pitch got past the Bison catcher. Two pitches later, Williams flied out to right, plating another run with the sacrifice to give the Spiders the lead.
Richmond broke the game open in the seventh, thanks to a pair of clutch hits from freshmen. With two runners in scoring position, Stanley sliced a double down the right-field line, plating a pair. Fraser followed, singling home Mike Small from third. Mayers ended the scoring with a RBI groundout, pushing the Spider advantage to 6-1 headed to the eighth.
The five-run cushion would be plenty for Blum and Stoops, as the Spiders cruised to the win and the season-opening series sweep. Junior OF Nick Poulos had a pair of hits on the afternoon for the Spiders, while senior INF Chris Bell reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run scored.
"Overall, I'm very happy with the weekend," McQueen remarked. "I thought the key was pitching and the fact we only walked two batters in the series. If we continue to do that and play good defense, we're going to continue to be in every game."
The Richmond Spiders baseball team will look to continue its winning ways on Tuesday afternoon when it plays host to the VMI Keydets. First pitch at Pitt Field is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.