WASHINGTON, D.C. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team used three home runs to defeat the George Washington Colonials on Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C., 10-2.
With the victory, Richmond improves to 19-9 on the season overall and to 4-3 in Atlantic 10 conference play. With the loss, the Colonials fall to 11-18 and 5-2 in league action.
Junior Adam Forrer recorded the first multi-home run game of his career on Friday, blasting two shots over the right-field fence while driving in three runs on the day. Senior Jacob Mayers went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and two RBI, while classmate Matt Zink had a pair of doubles and scored three runs.
Senior Bret Williams had two RBI in the win for the Spiders, while freshman Tanner Stanley went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, a RBI and three runs scored. Jansen Fraser also drove in a run for Richmond.
Sophomore Zak Sterling (4-1) pitched 5.1 innings on the afternoon to get the victory, allowing just one run on four hits. Out of the bullpen, sophomore Ryan Cook and junior Andrew Brockett combined to toss the last 3.2 frames and secure the win.
The Spiders wasted little time taking a lead on a beautiful afternoon in D.C., scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first. After a leadoff double from Zink, Stanley traded placed with him, plating the senior with a double down the right field line. After a single from Mayers, Williams scored Stanley from third with a sacrifice fly to left field, giving Richmond a quick, 2-0 lead over the Colonials.
After George Washington cut the lead in half, 2-1, with a run in the bottom of the first, the Spiders responded with run in the top of the third. Leading off, Zink lined his second double of the day to left field to get in to scoring position. Two batters later, Mayers singled home his classmate with a liner to right field, giving Richmond a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Sterling got some help from his defense, as Forrer made a pair of nice plays to keep George Washington off the scoreboard. Then in the top of the sixth, Forrer made an impact with his bat, crushing his fourth home run of the season. The homer was impressive, clearing the scoreboard in right-center field just over the 354-foot sign at Barcroft Park.
The Colonials cut the lead to just two, 4-2, in the bottom of the seventh only to see Richmond bring out the lumber in the top of the eighth, scoring three runs.
Leading off the frame, Stanley lined a triple to deep center field and scored one pitch later on a passed ball. Mayers followed and drilled a solo shot over the fence in left field – his fourth of the season - to add to the Spider lead. Two batters later, Forrer went yard again, as the junior hit a towering homer over the fence in right field, making the Richmond lead, 7-2.
The Spiders added to their lead in the top of the ninth on a Williams RBI double, a sacrifice fly from Forrer and an infield RBI single from Fraser. In the bottom of the ninth, the Colonials loaded the bases with no outs, but Brockett induced a double play and a fly out to secure the 10-2 win for Richmond.
The Richmond Spiders will continue their series with the George Washington Colonials on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.