WASHINGTON, D.C. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team staged a late rally to complete the three-game sweep of the George Washington Colonials on Sunday, 8-7.
With the victory, Richmond improves to 21-9 on the season and to 6-3 in Atlantic 10 conference play. With the loss, George Washington falls to 11-20 on the year and to 5-4 in league action.
“I’m proud of the way the guys responded when we got down today,” Richmond head coach Mark McQueen said following the win. “The team refused to let this game slip away from us. Andrew Brockett came in and gave us some critical innings out of the bullpen and the offense responded, manufacturing some great runs late.”
Senior Bret Williams led the Spider offense on Sunday afternoon, going 3-for-4 with double and two RBI. Junior Adam Forrer had two hits and two RBI, while seniors Chris Bell and Jacob Mayers had two hits, a RBI and two runs scored each.
Out of the bullpen, junior RHP Andrew Brockett (1-2) tossed three innings of shutout baseball to earn his first win of the season. Sophomore Ray Harron recorded the game’s final out to earn his first save of the year.
Richmond got on the scoreboard first on a windy Sunday afternoon, scoring three runs in a two-out rally. With freshman Tyler Beckwith a second base, Mayers slapped a double to left field to score the game’s first run.
Williams followed, plating Mayers with a RBI single to left and then advancing to second on a GW error. Next up was Forrer, who brought home Williams with a double down the right field line, making the Richmond lead, 3-0.
George Washington would storm ahead of the Spiders, however, scoring five times in the fourth and once more in the fifth to take a 6-3 lead.
Richmond responded in the top of the sixth, cutting the Colonials’ lead to just one, 6-5. In the frame, Bell had a RBI double, while Stanley plated a run on a groundout.
After the Colonials added a run to their lead in the bottom of the sixth, the Spiders battled back to tie the game in the top of the eighth with a pair of runs. In the frame, Williams had a RBI single to cut the lead in half, while Fraser hit the game-tying single to knot the game at 7-7.
With the game still tied in the top of the ninth, Richmond loaded the bases with a single and a pair of walks. With two outs, Forrer stepped to the plate looking to plate a run. The second baseman quickly fell in a 0-2 hole, but battled back to draw the bases-loaded walk, giving Richmond an 8-7 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Colonials were able to load the bases, but great work out of the bullpen by sophomore LHP Dylan Stoops and Harron preserved the 8-7 win for the Spiders.
The Richmond Spiders will be back on the diamond on Tuesday, when the team travels to Norfolk to face in-state rival Old Dominion. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.