BRONX, N.Y. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team won its 30th game of the season on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Fordham Rams in the Bronx, 6-2.
With the win, Richmond improves to 30-19 on the season overall and to 13-8 in Atlantic 10 play. With the loss, Fordham drops to 20-32 on the year and to 6-15 in league action. The 30 regular season wins are the most for the Spiders since the 2007 season.
Senior Jacob Mayers (3-1) continued his outstanding play on the year, pitching a complete game to notch the win, while going 3-for-5 at the plate with a triple, double and two RBI. On the mound, Mayers allowed just two unearned runs, striking out four. The complete game was the second this season for the Mechanicsville, Va. native.
Junior Adam Forrer had a great game at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a triple and a RBI, while senior Bret Williams had two hits including a run-scoring double. Senior Matt Zink had a RBI triple, while freshman Tyler Beckwith also had a RBI.
Richmond jumped on the Rams early, scoring three times in the top of the first thanks to a two-run double from Mayers and a RBI infield single off the bat of Beckwith.
Leading 3-1, the Spiders seized control of the game in the top of the third. With one out, Mayers hit a triple that bounced off the top of the fence in left-center field and was plated when Forrer tripled down the right field line. Williams then brought home Forrer with a RBI double to center, pushing the Richmond lead to 5-1.
In the top of the eighth, the Spiders added a run to its cushion on a run-scoring triple from Zink, giving Richmond its winning margin of 6-2.
The Richmond Spiders will close out the regular season this week when the team plays cross-town rival VCU in a critical, three-game Atlantic 10 series at The Diamond. The set gets underway on Thursday, with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.