UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team defeated the Temple Owls on Senior Day at Pitt Field, 4-3, in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon.
With the series-clinching win, Richmond improves to 28-17 on the season overall and to 11-7 in Atlantic 10 play. With the loss, Temple falls to 18-25 on the year and to 7-14 in league action. On the year, the Spiders finished with a record of 21-10 at Pitt Field.
“It was a huge win for us today to clinch the series,” Richmond head coach Mark McQueen said following the game. “Temple is a well-coached team, coach Wheeler brought his team to play and it was a battle all weekend long.”
Three seniors led the way for the Spiders on their final game at Pitt Field. Jacob Mayers had a great day both on the mound and at the plate for Richmond, tossing 7.1 innings while allowing three runs, one earned, and striking out five. At the plate, both Mayers and classmate Matt Zink had two hits, while senior Bret Williams had a pair of hits and drove in two runs.
Out of the bullpen, junior RHP Andrew Brockett (3-2) pitched the final 2.2 innings to earn his third win of the season. Brockett allowed just two hits, striking out three. Offensively, freshman Tanner Stanley had two hits, while classmate Tyler Beckwith had a RBI.
Richmond wasted little time getting on the scoreboard on Sunday afternoon, plating three runs in the bottom of the first. With the bases loaded, Beckwith notched the game’s first run, bringing home Zink. Two batters later, Williams singled to shallow right field, scoring two runs and pushing the Spider advantage to 3-0.
Temple battled back, scoring three times in the top of the fourth inning to notch the score at 3-3. Five scoreless innings later, the game was still knotted at 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th inning.
After a leadoff single from Stanley and walks to both junior Adam Forrer and Beckwith, the bases were loaded with one out for sophomore Joey Vecchione. On a 2-1 offering, Vecchione grounded sharply to a drawn in Temple second baseman, who was unable to handle the grounder, allowing the game-winning run to score from third base on the error.
The Richmond Spiders will end the regular season with a seven-game road trip starting on Tuesday at Longwood. First pitch in Farmville, Va. is scheduled for 6 p.m.