UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team defeated the William & Mary Tribe, 5-4, on a walk-off double from senior Jacob Mayers on Tuesday afternoon.
With the victory, Richmond improves to 18-9 on the season overall while the Tribe falls to 20-10 on the year.
Mayers (1-0) did it all for the Spiders on Tuesday afternoon, going 3-for-4 at the plate with his game-winning double while also pitching the final inning to earn his first win of the season.
Other offensive standouts for Richmond included senior Bret Williams and freshman Jansen Fraser. Williams had a pair of hits and a RBI on the day, while Fraser went 2-for-4 on the afternoon. Senior Chris Bell, junior Adam Forrer and junior Mike Small had a RBI each for the Spiders in the victory.
On the mound, starter Chris Bates pitched well despite not figuring in the decision, tossing five innings while allowing just one run and striking out five. Sophomore Dyaln Stoops was also solid, pitching two perfect innings of relief, striking out a pair.
“Overall, just a great team win today over a very good William & Mary team,” Richmond head coach Mark McQueen said following the game. “Jacob Mayers with three hits and coming in and getting the win was the story of the game, but all-around a good team effort.”
After taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a RBI single from Forrer, the Spiders doubled their lead in the bottom of the third on a run-scoring single off the bat of Williams.
The Tribe responded, however, scoring four runs over the course of the next four innings to take a 4-2 lead over Richmond headed to the bottom of the eighth.
Patience and quality at-bats were the key for the Spiders in the frame, as the first three batters drew walks to load the bases with no outs. Coming in as a pinch hitter, Bell was hit by a pitch, plating a run to cut the Tribe lead to 4-3.
Two batters later, Richmond executed a perfect safety squeeze, as Small laid down a great bunt to score the runner from third and tie the game at 4-4.
In the top of the inning, Mayers ran in to some trouble on the mound, as the first two W&M batters reached base. But the senior worked out of it beautifully, striking out the next two hitters and inducing an inning-ending groundout to keep the score knotted at 4-4.
Leading off the bottom of the ninth for Richmond, senior Matt Zink worked a long at-bat in to a walk, putting the winning run on base. After a sacrifice bunt from reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Week Tanner Stanley, Zink was in scoring position for Mayers.
On a 1-1 pitch, Mayers laced a double to right-center field, easily scoring Zink from second base to give the Spiders a walk-off win over their in-state rivals, 5-4.
The Richmond Spiders will hit the road this weekend to face the George Washington Colonials in a three-game Atlantic 10 series. The three-game set gets underway on Friday with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.