PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team defeated the La Salle Explorers in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, 6-2.
With the win, the Spiders improve to 16-8 on the season overall and to 2-2 in Atlantic 10 conference play. The Explorers fall to 7-14 on the year and to 3-1 in league action.
Sophomore LHP Zak Sterling (3-1) was dominant on a cold and windy day in Philadelphia, tossing 6.2 innings of one-hit, one run baseball to earn the win. Out of the bullpen, RHP James Lively pitched the final 2.1 innings to earn his third save of the season.
“It was a good win for us today here in Philadelphia,” Richmond head coach Mark McQueen said following the victory. “Zak gave us a great start and the offense came on late, with Tyler and Matt getting some big hits for us.”
After four scoreless frames, Richmond plated three runs over the course of the fifth and sixth innings. After getting an unearned run on the board in the fifth, Beckwith laced a two-run double down left-field line to push the Spider lead to 3-0 after six innings.
La Salle cut the lead to 3-1 with a run in the seventh, but Zink’s three-run triple that got over the head of the Explorers’ center fielder gave the Spiders all the cushion it would need for the win. Richmond took game one of the three-game series with a 6-2 victory.
The Richmond Spiders will continue their series with the La Salle Explorers on Friday afternoon in Philadelphia. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.