RALEIGH, N.C. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team defeated ACC power NC State in Raleigh, N.C. on Wednesday night, 7-4.
With the win, Richmond improves to 21-24-1 on the season overall, while NC State falls to 27-20 on the year. The win was the first in the career for Spider head coach Tracy Woodson over NC State, where he was an All-American and a NC State Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.
Offensively, Richmond was led by junior OF Ryan Cook and freshman DH Kurtis Brown. Cook went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, while Brown had two hits and drove in a pair of runs. Sophomore OF Jansen Fraser had three hits and a RBI, while senior OF Nick Poulos had two hits, driving in one.
Out of the bullpen, junior LHP Dylan Stoops pitched a solid two innings, allowing just one run while striking out three to earn the win. RHP Dan Martinson tossed 1.2 scoreless innings of relief. RHP Peter Bayer recorded the final three out of the game to earn his second save of the year.
The Spiders jumped on the scoreboard early at NC State, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. After back-to-back walks and a wild pitch to lead off the game, Fraser scored from third after a the throw from the State catcher got away on a steal of second base by C J.B. Gadd.
Four batters later, Brown scored another run, hitting an 0-2 offering in to left field for a two-out, RBI single. Cook followed after a NC State pitching change, lacing a two-run double to left-center field on the first pitch he saw, giving Richmond a 4-0 lead.
Leading 4-1 in the top of the fourth, the Spiders added another run to their lead. With runners on the corners, Poulos laid down a great bunt hit down the first base line, easily scoring the runner from third base to push the UR lead to 5-1.
After NC State trimmed the Richmond lead to 5-4, the Spiders answered back with a run in the top of the eighth inning. With runners at the corners with two away, Fraser lined a single to center field, scoring the runner from third base to make the UR lead 6-4 over the Wolfpack.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, NC State loaded the bases looking for a rally. LHP Zak Sterling came out of the bullpen to make a rare midweek appearance and got the job done, getting a pair of strikeouts to end the State threat.
In the top of the ninth, Brown came through again for the Spiders, hitting a clutch RBI single to center field to give the Spiders a 7-4 advantage headed to the bottom of the inning.
Out of the bullpen, Bayer was stellar, working a perfect, 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth inning to nail down the road win, 7-4.
The Richmond Spiders will be back in action on this Friday when the team begins a three-game, Atlantic 10 series with St. Bonaventure. First pitch at Pitt Field is scheduled for 3 p.m.