UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders defeated the Penn Quakers, 6-5, in 11 innings on Friday afternoon at Pitt Field.
With the walk-off win in extra innings, the Spiders improve to 5-10-1 on the season, while the Quakers fall to 2-7 on the year.
“Our hitting today with men on third base and less than two outs today was poor and that’s what put us in to the situation we were in,” Spider head coach Tracy Woodson said after game. “That being said, the enthusiasm stayed up, the energy stayed up, we didn’t’ give up, we didn’t quit. Games like this one can spur winning streaks – this was a good one for us today.”
Sophomore C Aaron Newman delivered one of the biggest hits of the season for the Spiders in the bottom of the 11th, winning the game with a RBI single. Newman finished the day 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
Junior RHP Ryan Cook (1-1) earned the win for the Spiders, pitching the final two innings. Cook also had three hits of his own on the day. LHP Dylan Stoops had a solid start for Richmond, tossing 6.2 innings, while RHP James Lively pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Trailing 2-0 to the Quakers, the Spiders scored one run in both the fourth and the fifth innings to tie the game after five complete. Brown had a RBI single in the fourth, while Kraeger knocked in a run with a double to right-center field.
Penn regained the lead, however, in the top of sixth. Two innings later, the Spiders tied the game once again as Newman singled home a run in the bottom of the eighth.
With neither team able to score in the ninth or 10th, the game headed to the 11th inning still notched in a 3-3 tie. The Quakers looked as though they had won the game in the top of the frame when Connor Betbeze connected with a two-run home run, but the Spiders had one last rally in store for Penn.
After a pair of walks and a strikeout, sophomore OF Jansen Fraser drew Richmond’s third base on balls in the inning to load the bases with one out for Beckwith. The sophomore shortstop came up huge, chopping a single through the left side, scoring two runs and tying the game at 5-5.
Two batters later, runners were on first and second base for Newman with two away. On a 0-2 offering, Newman lined a single to right center, plating Fraser from second base, winning the game in walk-off fashion for the Spiders, 6-5, in 11 innings.
The Richmond Spiders and the Penn Quakers continue their three-game series tomorrow at Pitt Field, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.