UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team collected 27 hits en route to a 22-1 victory over the La Salle Explorers on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.
With the victory, Richmond wins the three-game series, improving its overall record to 17-9 on the season and to 3-3 in Atlantic 10 conference play. With the loss, La Salle falls to 8-15 on the year and to 4-2 in league action.
Leading the high-powered Richmond offensive onslaught were freshman Jansen Fraser, senior Bret Williams and freshman Tanner Stanley. Fraser went 5-for-7 with a double, two runs scored and a RBI. Williams had a two-hit day, knocking in four runs and hitting his first home run of the season. Stanley capped a great weekend, going 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.
Freshman RHP Peter Bayer (3-1) earned his third win of the season, pitching six solid innings. The rookie allowed just one run while striking out six. Senior RHP Jacob Mayers made his first appearance of the year, tossing three perfect innings to earn the save, striking out four.
“It was really good to see the team respond after a disappointing result yesterday,” Richmond head coach Mark McQueen said following the win. “To be able to come back and take the series in such a decisive manner is a step in the right direction.”
After a scoreless first inning, the Spiders broke the game wide open with a nine-run second. The team batted around in the frame before recording the first out, collecting eight hits in the nine-run outburst.
After the nine-run second, the Spiders added one run in both the third and fourth innings. Later, Richmond scored six times in the seventh and added five more runs in the eighth to push its winning margin to 22-1.
In total, seven Richmond players had more than one hit in the win, while 10 players had at least one RBI. Mayers went 4-for-6 with two doubles and three RBI, while senior Matt Zink, sophomore Joey Vecchione, junior Mike Small and junior Nick Poulos all had two RBI for the Spiders.
On the day, the Spiders batted around in the second, seventh and eighth innings. Richmond went 27-for-54 (.500) as a team with six doubles, a triple and a home run. The 22 runs for the Spiders were the most since the team scored 28 against George Washington during the 1996 season.
The Richmond Spiders will return home to Pitt Field to play host to in-state rival William & Mary on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.