UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team defeated the George Washington Colonials, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon at Pitt Field.
With the victory, Richmond improves to 17-22-1 on the season overall and to 8-9 in Atlantic 10 conference play. With the loss, George Washington falls to 14-26 on the year and to 6-1 in league action.
“It’s big to get the win today,” Richmond head coach Tracy Woodson said following the game. “I didn’t think we executed well offensively to put them away, but we got great pitching today and that’s how you win games.”
RHP Ryan Cook had his second-straight great start for Richmond on Saturday, pitching seven strong innings. The junior allowed just one run on five hits, striking out seven while not issuing a walk. RHP Andrew Blum pitched a perfect final two innings, earning his first save of the season.
Offensively, Richmond was led by Mike Small and Doug Kraeger, who each had three hits on the afternoon. Jansen Fraser hit a solo home run for the Spiders, while Matt Dacey also drove in a run in the winning effort.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Spiders took a 1-0 lead over the Colonials thank to a sacrifice fly from Dacey. After singles from Mike Small and Doug Kraeger, Dacey plated Small from third base on fly ball to center field.
In the next inning, one swing doubled the Spider lead over GW. With one out, Fraser crushed the GW offering deep over the fence in left-center field, pushing the UR lead to 2-0 on his second homer of the year.
Leading 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning after GW scored a run in the top of the sixth, the Spiders took advantage of a Colonial error to plate an insurance run.
In the top of the ninth inning, Blum worked a perfect 1-2-3 frame to secure the win and the series for the Spiders, 3-1.
Sunday’s game against George Washington will be Sean Casey Appreciation Day at Pitt Field, as the UR Hall of Famer and newest inductee in to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame will be honored before the game. That presentation will begin at 12:45 p.m., with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.