UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team defeated the Penn Quakers on Saturday, 5-3, at Pitt Field.
With the victory, Richmond improves to 6-10-1 on the season overall, while Penn falls to 2-8 on the year.
“It was another good win for us today,” Spider head coach Tracy Woodson said. “We got a nice effort from Zak Sterling today, Matt Dacey’s home run was big to give us the three-run cushion and Ray Harron and Ryan Cook out of the bullpen did a good job.”
Eight players had at least one hit for Richmond in the win, but sophomore 3B Matt Dacey was the stand out, totaling three RBI and hitting a two-run homer for the Spiders. Senior OF Nick Poulos also drove in a run in the victory.
LHP Zak Sterling (2-1) pitched five strong innings to earn his second win of the season. The junior allowed just two runs while striking out three. Out of the bullpen, RHP Ray Harron tossed three scoreless innings of relief, while RHP Ryan Cook recorded the final three outs to earn his third save of the year.
The Spiders jumped on the board early on a beautiful day at Pitt Field, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. After a single, walk and an infield single, the bases were loaded for Dacey.
The sophomore reached on a fielder’s choice, driving in one run and when Penn tried to get the runner at second, the throw sailed wide, allowing a second run to cross the plate on the error. After one complete, Richmond led the Quakers, 2-0.
The Quakers scored one run in both the third and fourth innings, tying the game at 2-2. The Spiders responded immediately, however, taking the lead right back in the bottom of the fourth. With the bases loaded, Poulos came through with a RBI fielder’s choice, giving the Spiders a 3-2 advantage after four innings.
Dacey did more damage in the bottom of the fifth for the Spiders, pushing the Richmond lead to 5-2. With a runner on, Dacey crushed a two-run home run over the fence in right-center field. The blast was Dacey’s third of the season.
In the top of the ninth, the Quakers cut the advantage to 5-3 with a leadoff homer, but their rally ended there. Cook earned the save, securing a 5-3 victory for the Spiders.
The Richmond Spiders will to sweep their three-game series with the Penn Quakers tomorrow at Pitt Field. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.