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Spiders Win Third Straight, Beat Wagner 4-2
Courtesy:Richmond Athletics
Release:03/02/2013
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team extended its winning streak to three games with a 4-2 victory over the Wagner Seahawks at Pitt Field on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Spiders improve to 8-2 on the season - their best start since the 2009 campaign. With the loss, Wagner falls to 1-4 on the year.

Richmond starting pitcher Zak Sterling (2-1) tossed five strong innings to earn the win, striking out five while allowing just two runs.  RHP James Lively pitched the final four frames to tally his first save of the season, allowing just one hit.

"Today was a tough day to hit weather wise and I thought our pitchers did a nice job of attacking the Wagner hitters," Richmond head coach Mark McQueen said following the win.  "Both Zak and James gave us quality outings today."

Junior J.B. Gadd had a great day at the plate and behind it, going 2-for-3.  Senior Bret Williams and freshmen Tanner Stanley and Jansen Fraser all recorded RBI hits in the victory.

"The one inning we scored runs, we had some tremendous at-bats.  J.B. also had a great day, not only behind the plate, but with two hits."

After a scoreless first two innings, the Spiders did all the scoring they would need in the bottom of the third.  With runners on first and third after back-to-back singles from Mike Small and Matt Zink, Stanley started the scoring with a sharply hit RBI single to right field.

Two batters later, Williams came through with a clutch, two-out single to left field, scoring Zink from third.  The freshman Fraser followed, lacing a double down the left-field line to plate Stanley.  The Spiders rounded out the scoring when Williams ran home from third on a wild pitch, giving Richmond a 4-0 lead.

The Seahawks struck for two runs in the top of the sixth inning, but were unable to get late rally started, as Lively pitched well, striking out three.

The Richmond Spiders will look for the sweep of the three-game series with Wagner on Sunday afternoon.  First pitch at Pitt Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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