UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team defeated the visiting Wagner Seahawks, 8-6, on a cold, overcast day at Pitt Field on Friday afternoon.
With the victory, the Spiders improve to 7-2 on the season - including a 6-0 mark at Pitt Field. Wagner falls to 1-3 on the year with the loss.
Senior OF Matt Zink was outstanding for the Spiders on Friday, going 2-for-3 with two RBI, a walk and three stolen bases. Junior SS Mike Small also drove in a pair of runs, while junior OF Nick Poulos had two hits and scored twice.
On the mound, redshirt freshman Jonathan de Marte (3-0) pitched five innings to earn the victory, striking out five while allowing three runs. Sophomore Ryan Cook was again solid, tossing 3.1 innings and striking out six. Sophomore Dylan Stoops recorded the final two outs for Richmond, earning his second save of the year.
With Wagner leading 1-0, the Spiders took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the second. Freshman Aaron Newman plated Richmond's first run of the game with a single through the left side and Small followed, scoring another with a RBI groundout.
The Seahawks responded with two runs in the top of the third, only to see the Spiders come right back to take the lead for good with a four-spot in the bottom of the frame.
With the bases loaded, junior Adam Forrer earned a RBI the hard way, getting hit by a pitch to tie the game. Two batters later, Small scored another, drawing a bases-loaded walk. With the bags still full, Zink stepped to the plate and delivered for Richmond, driving in two with a sharply hit single up the middle to give the Spiders a 6-3 advantage.
Richmond tacked on a pair of critical insurance runs in the middle innings. In the bottom of the fourth, senior Jacob Mayers took advantage of a Wagner miscue, scoring from third on a wild pitch. One inning later, freshman Tanner Stanley hit a RBI single to give the Spiders an 8-3 lead.
Wagner showed no quit on a cold, cloudy day in Richmond, however. The Seahawks clawed back in to the game, scoring a run in the top of the seventh, cutting the lead to 8-4.
In the ninth, Wagner plated a pair of runs and brought the leading run to the plate with two outs. Stoops didn't falter, however, as the left-hander calmly struck out Wagner's Trey Nicosia to end the game, securing the 8-6 victory.
The Richmond Spiders will continue its three-game series with the Wagner Seahawks on Saturday. First pitch at Pitt Field is scheduled for 2 p.m.