UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Spiders set season highs in nearly every offensive category in a 13-2 win over Fairfield on Saturday afternoon at Pitt Field.
With the victory, Richmond improves to 1-7 on the season while the Stags fall to 0-3 on the year.
Sophomore OF Tanner Stanley led the way for the Richmond offense, going 2-for-5 with a home run, double, four RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore C Aaron Newman went 3-for-3 with two doubles, three runs scored and a RBI, while classmate Matt Dacey had three hits including a triple. Junior OF Ryan Cook and freshman DH Kurtis Brown each had two RBI in the win.
Redshirt sophomore Jonathan de Marte (1-1) earned the win for the Spiders, allowing just one unearned run in five innings pitched. Redshirt junior Dylan Stoops pitched the final four innings for Richmond to earn his first save of the season, allowing just one unearned run.
After Fairfield jumped out to an early, 1-0 lead after scoring an unearned run in the top of the first, the Spiders answered in the bottom of the second with a five-run outburst.
After singles from 3B Matt Dacey and Cook, Forrer moved both runners in to scoring position with a nicely executed sacrifice bunt. Up next was Brown, who smashed a double over the Fairfield center fielder’s head, scoring two runs.
Two batters later, Newman blooped a RBI single in to shallow center for Richmond’s third run. Stanley followed and crushed an off-speed offering deep over the fence in right field for his first homer of the season. Stanley’s two-run shot gave Richmond a 5-1 lead after two innings.
Richmond added a run to its advantage in the bottom of the third on a RBI single from Forrer, pushing the Spider lead to 6-1.
In the bottom of the fourth, Richmond continued its offensive onslaught. After an error and a double from Newman, runners were on second and third for Stanley. The sophomore came through, pushing across a run with a sacrifice fly on a foul out to the Fairfield second baseman.
After a RBI single from Small, Kraeger hit his team-leading fourth double of the season, scoring Small to add to the lead. A RBI fielder’s choice from Cook made the Spider advantage 10-1 after four complete.
In the bottom of the fifth, Richmond began the inning with back-to-back doubles from Newman and Stanley to push across another run. Later in the frame, Cook notched a RBI single to make the Spider lead, 12-1, after five full.
Richmond added a run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly from Fraser, putting the lead at 13-1. Fairfield would add an unearned run in the top of the ninth, giving Richmond its winning margin of 13-2.
The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team will conclude its series with the Fairfield Stags tomorrow at Pitt Field. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.