UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team rallied in the ninth inning for five runs to come-from-behind to defeat the Northeastern Huskies, 5-4, at Pitt Field on Sunday afternoon.
With the victory, Richmond improves to 23-11 on the season while the Huskies fall to 21-15 on the year with the loss.
Senior Jacob Mayers capped a great day at the plate with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to win it for the Spiders. On the day, Mayers went 3-for-5 with a RBI, while also tossing 5.1 strong innings, striking out seven, in his first start of the year.
Other offensive standouts for Richmond included junior Adam Forrer, junior Nick Poulos, junior Mike Small and freshman Doug Kraeger, who all recorded a RBI in the ninth. Senior Bret Williams and sophomore Joey Vecchione each had two hits on the afternoon.
The Huskies maintained a lead for the majority of the game, scoring two runs in the third and one run in both the fourth and sixth innings to take a 4-0 lead over the Spiders headed to the final frame.
Starting off the ninth for the Spiders, both Mayers and Williams singled to put two men on base. After a single from Vecchione, the bases were loaded with no outs for Forrer, who plated Richmond’s first run on the first pitch he saw, singling to right field.
Pinch-hitting, Kraeger earned his first collegiate RBI after getting hit by a pitch, cutting the NU lead to two runs, 4-2. Next up was Poulos, who scored the inning’s third run with a RBI fielder’s choice to the shortstop.
Up to the plate stepped Small, who laid down a great squeeze bunt, scoring Forrer from third base, tying the game at 4-4. After an intentional walk to freshman Tyler Beckwith and a force out, the bases were loaded with two away for Mayers.
After fouling a pair of pitches off, the senior Mayers came through with his second walk-off hit of the season, singling through the left side to win the game for the Spiders, 5-4.
The Richmond Spiders will be back in action on Wednesday as the team travels to Williamsburg to face in-state rival William & Mary. First pitch at Plumeri Park is scheduled for 7 p.m.