UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team pummeled the George Mason Patriots on Tuesday at Pitt Field, totaling a season-high 16 hits en route to an 11-2 victory.
With its eighth win in nine games, Richmond improves to 13-3 on the season, while George Mason falls to 7-8 on the year.
Senior Bret Williams went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored, while freshman Tanner Stanley had three hits and drove in three in the victory. Senior Matt Zink was outstanding, going 2-for-5 with two RBI, two runs scored and four stolen bases.
On the mound, freshman Peter Bayer (2-0) earned the victory in his first collegiate start, pitching a strong six innings. The rookie struck out eight Mason batters while allowing just two earned runs. RHP James Lively and LHP Dylan Stoops combined to throw three shutout innings in relief to nail down the win.
"Today was a good win for us," Richmond head coach Mark McQueen said following the game. "The offense came out and took control of the game early on, scoring seven runs in the first three innings and Peter Bayer and the pitching staff did a great job keeping a pretty potent Mason offense in hand."
Richmond came out swinging to start the game on a beautiful afternoon at Pitt Field, seizing control of the game with one run in the first and three runs in both the second and third innings.
Mason was able to push two runs across in the contest on a two-run homer from Tucker Tobin in the top of the third, but GMU had no answer for the Spider pitching staff.
After scoring another run in the bottom of the fifth, Richmond blew the game open with three more runs in the bottom of the eighth, giving the Spiders their winning margin of 11-2.
Of note, Williams extended his hitting streak to 12 games with his first-inning single, while both Zink and junior Nick Poulos saw their hit streaks reach 11 games respectively.
The Richmond Spiders will now head to Fairfax to face George Mason on Wednesday to complete the home-and-home, midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. with LHP Chris Bates getting the start for the Spiders.