UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team completed a doubleheader sweep of Massachusetts on Friday, defeating the Minutemen, 10-1, at Pitt Field.
With the victory, Richmond improves to 10-12-1 on the season overall and to 3-2 in Atlantic 10 conference play. UMass falls to 3-15 on the year and to 2-3 in league action.
“Our starting pitching was the key today,” Richmond head coach Tracy Woodson remarked. “In game one, Jonathan de Marte had a big outing, pitched very well. In game two, Zak Sterling did what he did last week – he was fantastic. We had a lot of big, two-out hits and two-out RBI on the offensive end. I really liked the way we played today.”
Junior LHP Zak Sterling (3-1) was terrific on Friday for the Spiders, earning his team-best third win of the season. Sterling pitched 7.1 innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out six.
Sophomores Matt Dacey and Tanner Stanley led the offense for the Spiders, as Dacey went 3-for-5 with a home run, four RBI and a run scored. Stanley went 4-for-5, finishing a homer shy of the cycle with a triple, two doubles, a RBI and three runs scored. Classmate Tyler Beckwith had three hits, driving in one and scoring twice.
After a scoreless first two innings, the Spiders jumped on the board in the bottom of the third inning. With Stanley on base after a double, Kraeger cleared the bases with a two-run home run over the fence in right field, giving Richmond a 2-0 lead after three innings.
In the bottom of the fifth, UR added to its lead over the Minutemen. After a triple from Stanley, Beckwith plated his classmate with a RBI single to right field. Two batters later after a Doug Kraeger single, Dacey made the Spider lead 4-0 with a run-scoring single of his own. Two batters later, Brown rounding out the scoring with a RBI single to center field, making the Richmond lead 5-0 after five innings.
Massachusetts scored one run in the top of the sixth, cutting the lead to 5-1, but that didn’t last long as Richmond exploded in the bottom of the frame. With the bases loaded, Kraeger plated the inning’s first run with a sacrifice fly to center field. Dacey followed, smacking a three-run homer over the fence in right field, pushing the Spider lead to 9-1.
Stanley continued his hot hitting in the bottom of the seventh inning. After an Aaron Newman double, Stanley plated his classmate with a double to right field, making the Richmond advantage 10-1.
After Sterling left in the eighth, Harron and Stanley didn’t allow a base runner, securing the 10-1 victory for Richmond.
The Richmond Spiders and Massachusetts Minutemen will conclude their three-game series tomorrow at Pitt Field at 1 p.m.