UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders used a ninth-inning rally to walk off with a 2-1 victory over the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Saturday afternoon at Pitt Field.
The win was Richmond's sixth in a row, pushing its overall record to 11-2 on the season. With the loss, Quinnipiac falls to 3-1 on the year.
Junior Adam Forrer came up with the game's biggest hit, a walk-off single off the right field fence that scored the game-winning run. Senior Jacob Mayers had two hits in the contest, including a leadoff single in the ninth.
LHP Zak Sterling had a great game despite not figuring in the decision. Sterling pitched 6.1 innings of three-hit ball, allowing just one run. The left-hander struck out eight batters while walking just a pair. Out of the bullpen, RHP James Lively (1-0) earned the victory, pitching 2.2 innings of perfect baseball, striking out three.
"What a tremendous win for the Spiders this afternoon," Richmond head coach Mark McQueen said following the game. "One of the best pitching duals you'll see in college baseball between Zak Sterling and QU's Derek Lammacchia. Both Zak and James Lively were great for us today. Overall a tremendous comeback win and a great character-building game for us."
After six innings of scoreless baseball, the Bobcats plated a run in the top of the seventh on a RBI fielder's choice, taking a 1-0 lead.
Richmond got runners on base in both the seventh and eighth innings, but were unable to start a rally. Heading in to the bottom of the ninth, the Spiders still trailed Quinnipiac, 1-0.
Leading off the frame, Mayers singled through the left side to start the Spider rally. Pinch hitter Chris Bell came to the plate to sacrifice Mayers in to scoring position, but drew a walk to put runners on first and second.
Two batters later, junior Nick Poulos came to the plate. Poulos battled, but struck out swinging. On the third strike, however, the QU catcher attempted a pickoff to first, but his throw sailed high and out of play, scoring the tying run from second base on the error.
Wasting little time, Forrer blasted the first pitch he saw off the fence in right-center field, winning the game, 2-1, for the Spiders.
The Richmond Spiders will conclude their three-game series with the Quinnipiac Bobcats tomorrow at Pitt Field with a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. The second, seven-inning game will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first.