UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders and Virginia Tech Hokies played to a 10-10 tie in 10 innings on Tuesday at Pitt Field.
The game was called due to darkness after the 10th inning. With the result, Richmond’s record moves to 4-9-1 on the season, while Virginia Tech goes to 6-7-1 on the year.
The tie is the first for the Spiders since they had two during the 2011 season. In 100 years of Richmond baseball, Tuesday’s tie is just the 17th in program history.
Offensively, Richmond was led by sophomore OF Tanner Stanley and freshman DH Kurtis Brown, who each hit a three-run home run in the game. Sophomore 1B Doug Kraeger drove in a pair of runs, while seniors Adam Forrer and Nick Poulos each had one RBI.
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the second inning, the Spiders surged ahead of the Hokies with a four runs. After a RBI infield single from Poulos, Stanley cleared the bases with a three-run homer – his third of the season – putting Richmond ahead 5-3.
Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth, it was Brown’s turn to put the Spiders back in to the lead. With a pair of runners on, Brown clobbered his first collegiate home run deep over the fence in right field, giving the Spiders an 8-5 advantage.
Virginia Tech came right back, however, tying the game with a three-spot of their own in the top of the sixth. In the bottom of the frame, the Spiders vaulted back on top on when Kraeger drew a bases-loaded walk. After six innings, Richmond held a 9-8 lead over VT.
After a scoreless seventh, the Hokies tied the game for the third time, scoring one run in the top half. The game headed to the ninth, all tied at 9-9.
In the top of the ninth, Virginia Tech was able to break through with a two-out RBI double, giving the Hokies a 10-9 lead.
With one out in the bottom of the inning, sophomore Tyler Beckwith drew a walk to get the tying run on base. Forrer stepped to the plate for the Spiders and came through with a clutch double to left-center field. Hustling all the way from first, Beckwith scored easily, tying the game at 10-10.
Three batters later, the bases were loaded with two outs for SS Mike Small. The senior battled to a full count, but eventually flied out to center field, ending the Richmond threat.
After a scoreless 10th inning where neither team threatened, the umpires called the game a tie due to darkness.
The Richmond Spiders will be back in action on Wednesday when the team heads to Williamsburg to face in-state rival William & Mary. First pitch at Plumeri Park is slated for 4 p.m.