UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team completed a three-game sweep of the George Washington Colonials on Sean Casey Appreciation Day at Pitt Field on Sunday, 6-2.
With the victory, Richmond improves to 18-22-1 on the season overall and to 9-9 in Atlantic 10 conference play. With the loss, George Washington falls to 14-27 on the year and to 6-12 in league action.
“We came in to the weekend saying it would be nice to sweep, but two out of three was mandatory,” Richmond head coach Tracy Woodson said following the win. “Our guys came out and responded well and played great defense. Overall, I thought our pitching was outstanding and we scored what we had to score.”
Offensively, Richmond was led by OF Ryan Cook, who went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. 3B Matt Dacey and C Cory Moheit each had a pair of hits and a RBI, while Jansen Fraser also drove in a run.
LHP Zak Sterling (4-2) pitched five strong innings for the Spiders on Sunday to earn the win. The junior allowed one run on six hits while striking out six batters. RHP Peter Bayer pitched the final four innings to earn his first save of the season, allowing just one run on one hit.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Spiders used a two-out rally to score the game’s first run. After a single from 1B Doug Kraeger, Dacey laced a double over the head of the GW left fielder’s head, scoring Kraeger from first base to give the Spiders a 1-0 lead.
Richmond added to its lead in the second inning, pushing its advantage to 2-0. After a Cook single and stolen base, Moheit had a runner in scoring position with two outs. The senior came through, lining a single through the left side of the infield to score Cook from second.
Leading 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth, the Spiders put a three-spot on the board to seize control of the game. After a bloop single from SS Tyler Beckwith, DH Kurtis Brown doubled to put runners on second and third base. On a 0-2 pitch, Cook doubled off the wall in left field, plating one run.
Fraser followed, scoring another run for the Spiders with a sacrifice fly while also moving the runner from second to third base. Richmond added another run on a GW miscue, as a grounder went through the Colonials’ third baseman’s legs, allowing Cook to score from third. After four complete innings, the Spiders led GW, 5-1.
In the bottom of the eighth, Richmond added an insurance run on a sacrifice fly from Cook. In the ninth, GW scored one run, but no more and the Spiders completed the sweep with a 6-2 win.
The three-game series sweep is the third this season for the Spiders and the second in A-10 conference play. With the three victories, Richmond has moved in to tie for sixth place with Fordham. Seven teams earn bids at the end of the season to the conference tournament.
Before the game, Richmond Athletics Hall of Famer Sean Casey was honored with a framed jersey presented by UR Director of Athletics Keith Gill and Spider head coach Tracy Woodson for his contributions to the University. Casey was inducted in to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame this weekend.
The Richmond Spiders will be back in action on Friday when the team begins a three-game, Atlantic 10 series at conference-leading Saint Joseph’s.