UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team clinched its series with the Atlantic 10-leading Saint Louis Billikens on Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 victory at Pitt Field.
With the win, Richmond improves to 26-15 on the season overall and to 9-5 in Atlantic 10 conference play. Saint Louis drops to 29-13 on the year and to 11-3 in league action.
Junior RHP Andrew Blum (5-0) was fantastic for the Spiders on the afternoon, pitching 7.1 strong innings to earn his team-best fifth win of the season. Blum allowed just one run while striking out five Billiken batters. Closer Andrew Brockett earned his third save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
Offensively, junior Adam Forrer hit a two-run home run, while senior Jacob Mayers had a sacrifice fly for the Spiders. Freshman Tyler Beckwith had two doubles on the day, while senior Matt Zink went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.
All the offense in the game came in the first inning, with Saint Louis striking for one runs in the top half of the first. Richmond responded immediately, however, taking a lead in the bottom half that it would not surrender.
After a leadoff double from Zink, Stanley reached on fielding error on the Saint Louis second baseman. Having moved to third on the error, Zink scored easily on a deep, sacrifice fly to right field off the bat of Mayers, tying the game at 1-1.
Next to the plate was Forrer, who demolished the first pitch he saw deep over the fence in right field for his sixth home run of the season. The two-run shot gave Richmond a 3-1 lead over the Billikens.
With a two-run advantage, Blum settled in nicely for the Spiders. The junior right-hander was able to dance out of potential Billiken rallies in the second and eighth innings, but was mostly dominant on the afternoon.
After sophomore LHP Chris Bates and freshman RHP Dan Martinson got the Spiders out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, Brockett came in and shut the door in the ninth, securing the series-clinching, 3-1 win.
The Atlantic 10 series loss for Saint Louis is the first this season for the Billikens and marks the first time SLU has lost a conference series since dropping two-of-three against Massachusetts on April 20-22, 2012.
The Richmond Spiders will wrap up their three-game series with Saint Louis on Sunday at Pitt Field. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.