UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team completed a three-game, Atlantic 10 sweep of the Massachusetts Minutemen with an 8-5 victory at Pitt Field on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Richmond improves to 11-12-1 on the season overall and to 4-2 in A-10 play. With the loss, Massachusetts falls to 3-16 on the year and to 2-4 in league action.
Freshman DH Kurtis Brown had three hits and a RBI, while sophomore OF Tanner Stanley had a pair of hits, including his third triple of the season. Sophomores SS Tyler Beckwith, 1B Doug Kraeger and 3B Matt Dacey all had one RBI in the win.
On the mound, junior LHP Dylan Stoops had a solid start, pitching 6.1 innings, allowing three runs. Out of the bullpen, junior RHP Ray Harron (2-0) earned the win with his 1.2 innings of work, while sophomore RHP Dan Martinson recorded his second save of the season, working a scoreless ninth inning.
After a RBI double from Kraeger in the first inning gave Richmond the lead, the Spiders pushed their advantage to 3-0 with a pair of runs in the fourth. After a Ryan Cook single, Flanagan crushed his first homer of the season over the fence in right field, giving UR a three-run cushion.
The lead ballooned to 4-0 in the fifth after a Beckwith RBI single, but UMass fought back, scoring five runs over the course of the next three innings to take a 5-4 lead in to the bottom of the eighth inning.
With a steady rain falling at Pitt Field, the Spiders mounted an offensive charge to seal a sweep of the Minutemen. After a three-base error to lead off the inning, Dacey plated Kraeger with a RBI single to right field. Dacey then moved to second base on a great sacrifice bunt from Cook, putting the go-ahead run in scoring position.
Already with two hits on the day, Brown came through in a big way, lining a single to center field, scoring Dacey from second and giving the Spiders the lead. Three batters later, with runners on first and second with two outs, Moheit hit a clutch, two-run double down the left-field line, making the Richmond lead 8-5 headed to the top of the ninth.
In the final frame, Martinson didn’t allow any Minutemen rally to begin, sealing the game and the three-game conference sweep.
The Richmond Spiders baseball team will be back in action this Tuesday when the team plays host to in-state rival William & Mary. First pitch at Pitt Field is slated for 3 p.m.