FAIRFAX, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team completed the midweek sweep of the George Mason Patriots on Wednesday with a 7-5 win in Fairfax.
With its ninth win in 10 games, Richmond improves to 14-3 on the season overall, while George Mason falls to 7-9 on the year.
Senior Chris Bell had a career day for Richmond on Wednesday, going 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles, three RBI and three runs scored. Senior Bret Williams drove in a pair of runs, while junior Adam Forrer had two hits and a RBI.
On the mound, RHP Ray Harron (1-0) pitched two shutout innings to earn the victory for the Spiders, striking out two. LHP Zach Grossfeld tossed two shutout innings, while freshman RHP Dan Martinson pitched the final two frames to earn his first career save.
In the top of the first, the Spiders jumped on the scoreboard early. After a leadoff double from Bell, freshman Jansen Fraser singled to put runners on first and second with one out. Williams stepped to the plate and scored Bell with a sacrifice fly to right field, giving Richmond a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the third, the Spiders reclaimed the lead after Mason had tied the game in the bottom of the first. Once again, Bell set the table for Richmond, leading off with his second double of the game. Three batters later, Williams extended his hit streak to 13 games with a RBI double to right center.
Junior Nick Poulos followed, extending his own hitting streak to 11 games with a sharply hit single to right to put runners on the corners. With Forrer at the dish, Poulos and Williams pulled off a perfectly executed double steal, giving the Spiders a two-run cushion. Forrer pushed the lead to 5-2 with a bloop single to shallow right, rounding out the Richmond scoring in the frame.
Once again, however, Mason answered right back, scoring three times in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 5-5.
In the top of the fourth, the Spiders retook the lead on a RBI groundout from Bell, giving Richmond a 5-4 advantage after four complete innings.
Three scoreless innings later, Bell continued his career day in the top of the eighth. After Mike Small missed a home run by six feet, the junior settled for a double. Bell followed and blasted a 2-2 offering over the fence in left for a two-run homer. The senior's first career home run gave the Spiders a 7-4 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, Mason staged a late rally to avoid the midweek, two-game sweep. The Patriots were able to score one run, but Martinson stopped the Patriot threat there, securing the 7-5 win for Richmond.
The Richmond Spiders will return home to Pitt Field to begin a three-game series with Rutgers on Friday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.