May 12, 2007
NORRISTOWN, PA - The Richmond Spiders used an eight-run outburst in the eighth inning to pound out a 15-2 victory over the Saint Joseph's baseball team on Saturday afternoon at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. The win clinched a berth in the Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship for the Spiders, and ended the Hawks' three-game winning streak. Junior Chris Cashman led SJU with two hits and a run scored.
Richmond (29-23, 17-6 Atlantic 10) scored in the top of the second on an RBI triple by right fielder Matt McKenna. McKenna came home on a groundout by shortstop Victor Croglio. The Spiders had runners on the corners with two outs, but SJU starter Randall Mower got first baseman Joe Mahoney to fly out to center to end the threat. The Spiders then loaded the bases with no out in the third and scored on a double play groundout and a throwing error on a stolen base attempt.
Richmond padded the lead in the fifth on an RBI triple by left fielder Alex Wotring and an RBI double by catcher Evan Stehle. UR added a run in the seventh on a single by second baseman Benji Marshall. Richmond put the game out of reach in the top half of the eighth, sending 13 hitters to the plate and scoring eight runs.
Saint Joseph's (10-35, 6-17 Atlantic 10) managed to put two runs on the board in the eighth, one on a bases-loaded walk by freshman Mike Boyland, and a second when senior Matt Godusky was hit by a pitch.
Richmond starter Matt Zielinski kept hitters guessing all afternoon, ceding just four hits in seven innings to improve to 6-3 on the season. Mower took the loss, falling to 3-5.
The teams will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday afternoon at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. First pitch is scheduled for noon.