UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team crushed the visiting Coppin State Eagles on Wednesday afternoon at Pitt Field, 13-0. With the victory, the Spiders improve to 6-2 on the season, while the Eagles fall to 1-5 on the year.
Freshman Tanner Stanley was outstanding for the Spiders, reaching base all six times he came to the plate, going 4-for-4 with a RBI, two walks and four runs scored. Senior DH Jacob Mayers went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI, while classmate Bret Williams was 2-for-2 with three runs driven in. Junior 3B Nick Poulos continued his hot streak as well, going 4-for-5 with a RBI and two runs scored.
Five pitchers combined for the shutout on Wednesday afternoon, led by starter LHP Chris Bates (1-0) who tossed five scoreless innings. Bates allowed just one hit while striking out seven to earn his first win of the season.
"Tremendous game all the way around coming off two close losses in Jacksonville," head coach Mark McQueen said following the win. "Overall, the whole team did well today."
The Spiders wasted little time seizing control of the game, scoring at least two runs in each of the first four innings, including five in the bottom of the third. Richmond rounded out its scoring with a run in the sixth to reach its winning margin of 13-0.
After Bates left the game following the fifth, the Spiders had one pitcher pitch the final four innings. RHP Ray Harron, LHP Zach Grossfeld, LHP Ryan Donnelly and RHP Dan Martinson all tossed scoreless frames, combining to allow just four hits and five strikeouts.
Offensively, nine different players recorded hits on the afternoon and eight different players knocked in runs. Freshman Jansen Fraser had two RBI, while junior Cory Moheit, senior Chris Bell and freshman Tyler Beckwith all plated runs in the shutout win.
The 13-run win was the biggest for the Spiders since defeating the Quinnipiac Bobcats, 17-4, on March 11, 2011.
The Richmond Spiders will continue their 10-game home stand this weekend when the team will play host to the Wagner Seahawks. The three-game series begins on Friday at Pitt Field, with first pitch scheduled for 2:30 p.m.