UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team shut out the Fairfield Stags Sunday afternoon at Pitt Field, 8-0.
With the victory, Richmond wins the three-game series with Fairfield and improves to 2-8 on the season. The Stags fall to 1-4 with the loss.
“I was ecstatic about the game today,” Richmond head coach Tracy Woodson remarked. “We pitched well, we swung the bats well and I though our execution offensively was great. It’s nice when you get more than one run an inning and get two big innings like we had.”
LHP Zak Sterling (1-1) was dominant for the Spiders on the mound, earning his first win of the season. The junior tossed six shutout innings, allowing just five hits while striking out four. RHP Ryan Cook moved from right field to the mound, earning the save with his three shutout innings.
“Sterling did a great job today,” Woodson added. “He mixed his pitches well and then when you bring Cook in with a little velocity it changes up what the opponents are seeing. I thought today was outstanding.”
Sophomore 3B Matt Dacey led the offensive charge for Richmond, going 2-for-2 with a home run, two RBI, three runs scored and two walks. Sophomore OF Tyler Beckwith had a two-run single, while Cook had a pair of hits and a RBI.
Richmond wasted little time getting on the scoreboard on Sunday afternoon, scoring three runs. After a leadoff triple from OF Tanner Stanley, Small plated him with a RBI groundout to shortstop. Two batters later, Dacey scored Doug Kraeger from first base with a RBI double down the right field line.
Cook rounded out the scoring for the Spiders in the frame, singling up the middle to score Dacey from second base, giving Richmond a 3-0 lead after the first inning.
Richmond’s offense was back at it in the bottom of the sixth, scoring four runs to break the game open. With the bases loaded and no outs, Beckwith started the Spider scoring with a two-run single to center field.
Forrer followed, putting down a great bunt on a high and tight pitch, scoring a run on the squeeze play. Richmond’s fourth and final run of the frame came on a sacrifice fly from Newman, pushing the Richmond lead to 7-0 after six complete.
In the bottom of the seventh, Dacey’s towering, solo home run over the fence in right field gave Richmond its winning margin of 8-0.
The Richmond Spiders will be back in action at Pitt Field on Wednesday when the team plays host to Coppin State. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.