UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team defeated the St. Bonaventure Bonnies, 10-6, on Friday afternoon at Pitt Field.
With the victory, Richmond improves to 22-24-1 on the season overall and to 11-11 in Atlantic 10 conference play. St. Bonaventure falls to 11-28 on the season and to 5-15 in league action.
Spider 3B Matt Dacey led the team offensively on Friday, going 2-for-3 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore SS Tyler Beckwith also went 2-for-3, hitting a solo home run and scoring twice.
On the mound, junior LHP Zak Sterling (5-3) pitched 5.2 solid innings to earn the victory. Sterling allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out six. LHP Dylan Stoops earned the save for Richmond without throwing a pitch, picking off a runner a first to end the game.
The Spiders struck early, scoring three times in the bottom of the first inning. After a Beckwith single and a walk to Kraeger, Dacey cleared the bases with a towering, three-run homer that cleared the fences in right field. Dacey’s blast gave the Spiders a quick, 3-0 advantage.
Leading 3-1 in the bottom of the third, Richmond pushed its advantage to 4-1 over the Bonnies. With a runner on second base, Kraeger hit his team-leading 17th double of the season down the right field line, scoring one. Two batters later, Cook scored Kraeger from second with a RBI single to left field, pushing the UR advantage to four runs.
Two innings later, Beckwith led off the frame with a line-drive homer that cleared the fence in left field. Two batters later, Dacey notched his first career multi-homer game, hitting a solo blast down the right field line. Dacey’s A-10 leading 11th home run of the season made the Spider lead 7-1.
Undaunted, the Bonnies scored the game’s next five runs, scoring twice in the sixth and three more times in the eighth to cut the margin to just one run, 7-6.
The Spiders responded, however, scoring three times in the frame to push their lead back to four runs, 10-6. On a rare miscue, senior C Cory Moheit advanced to third on a wild pitch. On the play, the St. Bonaventure catcher corralled the ball with his mask, which is illegal, allowing Moheit trot home on the error.
Four batters later, the bases were loaded after a pair of walks and a bunt single off the bat of senior OF Nick Poulos. Showing great plate disincline, both Fraser and Beckwith drew RBI walks, making the Spider lead 10-6 headed to the bottom of the ninth.
In the bottom of the frame, the Bonnies brought the game-tying run to the plate, loading the bases with no outs. Out of the bullpen came Stoops, who recorded his second save of the season without throwing a pitch, picking off the runner at first. Stoops’ eighth pickoff of the season secured the win for the Spiders, 10-6.
The Richmond Spiders will continue their three-game, A-10 series with St. Bonaventure on Saturday at Pitt Field, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday will also be Senior Day at Pitt Field, with the on-field ceremony honoring the team’s six senior to occur before the game.