UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The Richmond Spiders continued their winning ways on Sunday afternoon at Pitt Field, taking a three-game series against Quinnipiac with a doubleheader split.
The Spiders took game one on Sunday afternoon, 5-4 in 10 innings, before dropping a seven-inning contest to the Bobcats, 5-2. With the split, Richmond improves its record to 12-3 on the year, while Quinnipiac moves to 4-2.
In game one, a pair of seniors led the way for the Spiders. Chris Bell had the game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th, while Jacob Mayers went 3-for-4 with home run, two RBI and two runs scored. Out of the bullpen, sophomore LHP Dylan Stoops (1-1) earned the win with his one inning of work.
Trailing 3-1 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, the Spiders didn't wait around until the ninth inning to start a rally. With runners on first and second with one out, Mayers singled to left field to cut the QU lead to 3-2.
After a walk and a fly out, the bases were loaded with two away for Bell. Coming through in the clutch, Bell singled sharply to center field, plating the tying run. Mayers attempted to score from second, but was cut down at the plate on a nice throw from center.
When both teams went scoreless in the ninth, Richmond went to extra innings for the first time this season. The Bobcats scored a run in the top of the 10th, setting the stage for another dramatic Spider victory.
After a single from freshman OF Tanner Stanley and a HBP to Mayers, junior Nick Poulos singled on a great bunt down the third base line to load the bases with no outs. Saturday's walk-off hero Adam Forrer stepped to the plate next and quickly tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Mayers, tagging on the play, smartly moved to third to get the winning run just 90 feet away with one out. Once again, Bell came through for the Spiders, flying out to deep center field to score the game-winning run, giving Richmond a 5-4 victory.
The Bobcats were able to prevent another walk-off win in game two on Sunday, winning the seven-inning contest, 5-2. In the loss, both senior Matt Zink and Nick Poulos were able to extend their respective hitting streaks to 10 games.
The Richmond Spiders will be back in action this week in a home-and-home, two-game series with George Mason. Richmond will host Mason on Tuesday at Pitt Field at 2:30 p.m. before heading to Fairfax on Wednesday.