UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team completed a three-game sweep of the Wagner Seahawks on Sunday afternoon, winning 10-5.
With its fourth-straight win, the Spiders improved their record to 9-2 - the best start for the team since 2009. With the loss, the Seahawks fall to 1-5 on the year.
Every Spider starter got a hit on Sunday afternoon at Pitt Field, led by senior Jacob Mayers who went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run. Classmate Bret Williams went 3-for-5 with two RBI while fellow senior Matt Zink drove in a pair as well.
On the mound, junior RHP Andrew Blum pitched well in his 5.2 innings of work to get the win. Out of the bullpen, LHP Dylan Stoops tossed the final 3.1 innings to earn his team-best third save of the year.
"It was a great win today to cap off a great weekend," Richmond head coach Mark McQueen said following the game. "Our guys played really well all weekend, got some solid pitching and our offense did a great job today. The key was we responded with three runs right after they plated three, taking away their momentum."
Three scoreless inning in to the game, Wagner struck first, plating three runs to take a 3-0 lead. Richmond answered right back, however, tying the game. After a Chris Bell RBI single down the left-field line to start the scoring, Zink scored two more with a two-out, two RBI single to center field, knotting the game at 3-3.
After scoring three in the fourth, Richmond continued the offensive onslaught in the next three frames. After a wild pitch scored Williams in the fifth, the Spiders tacked on three more in the sixth.
A sacrifice fly from freshman OF Tanner Stanley gave Richmond a lead it would not surrender in the fifth. Next up, Mayers cleared the bases with a towering, two-run shot to left field, giving the Spiders a 7-3 advantage.
In the seventh, Richmond plated three more, breaking the game wide open. With the bases loaded, Mayers scored one with a RBI single to left. Williams followed, plating two more with a single of his own, making the Spider lead 10-3.
Wagner would score two in the top of the ninth but it was not nearly enough, as Richmond swept the three-game series with a 10-5 victory.
For the Spiders, Stanley continued his stellar play in right field and at the plate. The freshman made two fantastic defensive plays on the day, cutting a runner down trying to advance to third and a terrific, diving catch to take away a double.
The Richmond Spiders will be back in action this week with a pair of games at Pitt Field. On Tuesday, the Spiders will host Old Dominion before facing Longwood on Wednesday. Both games are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. starts.