May 1, 2010
RICHMOND, Va. - Despite breaking out of an extended offensive funk, the Saint Joseph's baseball team wasn't able to pull out a victory, dropping a 16-10 result to Richmond at Pitt Field on Saturday afternoon. The teams combined to use 12 pitchers and scored runs in 11 of 17 half-innings on the day.
Richmond (20-20 overall, 7-10 Atlantic 10) broke out of the gate with four first-inning runs to take an early lead. A two-out double by Billy Barber got the first run on the board before an RBI single by Chris Cowell and a two-run triple by Bryan Conway chased SJU starter Kyle Mullen after just two-thirds of an inning. A.J. Holland came in and fielded a grounder by Victor Croglio to end the inning.
Saint Joseph's (15-22 overall, 10-7 Atlantic 10) posted a singleton in the second on an RBI fielder's choice by Quinn Renner.
The Spiders got that one back and another in the bottom of the second on a single by Cameron Brown and a wild pitch.
After a scoreless third, the Hawks got back into the game in the top of the fourth. Ryan McDonald poked a one-out single to left center and came around to score on another fielder's choice by Renner. Drew Smith followed with a two-run double before Renner scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to one at 6-5.
UR added a run in the bottom half to stay ahead, 7-5. After Brown was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Bryan Penalo came on to induce a fly ball from Cowell. Barber was then caught stealing before Penalo fanned Conway to limit the damage.
The teams traded runs in the fifth, with Joe Cook singling in a run for the Hawks and Richmond's Robby Massar lifting a solo home run to left to make the score 8-6.
SJU got back within one again in the sixth on a single by Dewey Oriente, but the Spiders got a bases-loaded walk by Adam McConnell followed by a triple down the right field line from Derek Boliek to extend their lead to 12-7.
The Crimson and Gray fought back once again, clawing back to within a pair in the top of the seventh. After Smith drew a two-out walk to load the bases, Mike Coleman reached on an error that allowed two runs to score. Brett Tiagwad then singled in Smith to cut the lead to two, 12-10.
Unfortunately for SJU, the Spiders would cement the win with a four-spot in the bottom of the eighth. A two-run throwing error was followed by a two-run single by Brown to put Richmond ahead, 16-10.
Barber came on for the ninth and allowed just a single to Smith as the Spiders clinched the series victory with the win.
The teams will play the series finale on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m.