UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team defeated the Massachusetts Minutemen, 6-4, at Pitt Field on Friday.
Redshirt junior RHP Jonathan de Marte had a great start for the Spiders, pitching five innings to earn his second win of the season. De Marte allowed just two runs, one earned, while striking out eight batters. RHP Ryan Cook pitched the final 1.2 innings of the game to earn his fourth save of the year.
Sophomore 3B Matt Dacey led the way for the Spiders in the win, going 2-for-4 with three RBI, a double and a run scored. Junior OF Ryan Cook had a pair of hits and a RBI, while sophomores Tyler Beckwith and Doug Kraeger each drove in a run for Richmond.
Richmond struck early on Friday, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first. After a leadoff single and stolen base from sophomore OF Tanner Stanley, Kraeger walked to put a pair of runners on for Dacey. After a passed ball out both runners in scoring position, Dacey plated both with a two-run single to left-center field.
UMass chipped away at the Spider lead, however, scoring one run in the second and fifth innings to tie the game at 2-2.
The tie didn’t last long, as Richmond scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead right back. After an error put a runner on base, Dacey totaled his third RBI of the day when he laced a double to right-center field, giving the Spiders a 3-2 advantage. After a wild pitch moved Dacey to third base, Cook scored him on a sacrifice fly to left field. After five innings, Richmond led Massachusetts, 4-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, Richmond took advantage of a Massachusetts error, scoring their fifth run on a sacrifice fly from Beckwith. After six complete, the Spiders led the Minutemen, 5-2.
Massachusetts refused to let Richmond run away with the game, scoring one run in the top of the seventh and eighth innings to cut the Spider advantage to 5-4.
In the bottom of the eighth, a RBI single from Kraeger pushed the lead back to two runs, 6-4, as the game headed to the ninth inning.
Moving from right field to the pitcher’s mound, Cook worked a perfect, 1-2-3 top of the ninth inning, securing the 6-4 win for the Spiders.
The Richmond Spiders and Massachusetts Minutemen will conclude their three-game series tomorrow at Pitt Field at 1 p.m.