UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team used a six-run seventh inning to beat the La Salle Explorers, 8-4, on Saturday afternoon at Pitt Field.
With the victory, Richmond improves to 14-13-1 on the season overall and to 5-3 in Atlantic 10 conference play. With the loss, La Salle falls to 7-19 on the year and to 3-3 in league action.
“When you lose on Friday and you talk about winning the series, it makes games like today’s a must win,” Richmond head coach Tracy Woodson said following the victory. “I thought we started out sluggish, but we finally broke through offensively in the seventh. Zak Sterling probably didn’t have his best stuff but he still worked six strong innings to get us in position to win the game.”
Junior OF Eric Flanagan and sophomore OF Tanner Stanley each drove in a pair of runs, while 1B Doug Kraeger and 3B Matt Dacey each had three hits and a RBI to lead the way for the Spiders. Freshman Kurtis Brown had the go-ahead RBI single, while junior Ryan Cook had a pair of hits in the victory.
On the mound, junior LHP Zak Sterling continued his great year, tossing six innings. Sterling allowed two runs, one earned, while striking out eight batters. Out of the bullpen, junior RHP James Lively (2-1) pitched 2.1 innings to earn the victory.
Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Spiders tied the game on when Stanley was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
In the next inning, the Spider offense exploded, scoring six runs to take control of the game. In the frame, Brown had a RBI single to give Richmond the lead, while Flanagan clubbed a two-run double down the left field line. After an error scored another run, Kraeger capped the frame with a RBI infield single to give Richmond an 8-2 advantage.
In the top of the ninth inning, La Salle tried to rally, scoring a pair of runs, but Cook came on to pitch from right field to nail down the final two outs and secure the win for the Spiders.
The Richmond Spiders will wrap up their three-game, A-10 series with La Salle at Pitt Field on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.