Richmond Baseball Beats No. 17 Georgia Tech
ATLANTA, Ga. – Richmond baseball earned its second-straight win over an ACC-school Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Spiders responded after surrendering their first run of the game with two two-run home runs from Tyler Plantier (Poway, Calif.) and Justin Cook (Virginia Beach, Va.) to take a commanding lead. The pitching staff locked down a talented Georgia Tech lineup, not allowing an earned run and scattered five hits to earn the win.
Lowell Schipper (Santa Monica, Calif.) got the ball to start the contest. The junior went 3.2 innings, allowing just three hits, striking out a pair and giving up just one unearned run before giving way to the bullpen. Jacob Lamb (Salisbury, Conn.) was first out, going 2.1 innings without allowing a hit and allowing just two base runners on a couple walks to earn the win. Kent Morrison (Herndon, Va.) made his Spider debut, going the final 3.0 innings, allowing two hits and striking out a pair to earn the save.
The offense used the long ball to its advantage again Saturday afternoon. Tyler Plantier (Poway, Calif.) and Justin Cook (Virginia Beach, Va.) each hit a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to extend the Spider lead. In total, seven of nine starters in the lineup recorded a hit with five going for a multi-hit game. Cook led the team with a 3-for-4 performance with the long ball. Plantier was effective again from the third spot in the lineup, going 2-for-5 with three RBI with a home run. Jordan Schulefand added a two-hit game with a pair of singles. Kyle Schmidt (Smithville, Texas) finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored. D.J. Lee (Frankfort, Ill.) added a two-hit game and scored once.
The Spiders opened the scoring in the top of the second inning. Schmidt started the rally with a single to left field and was followed by back-to-back walks to Cook and Johnny Hipsman (Chester, N.Y.) to load the bases. Schulefand drove a ground ball to the hole between shortstop and third base, the Georgia Tech shortstop was able to back a backhanded ball, but his attempt to get Hipsman at second was late, allowing Schmidt to score and put the Spiders up.
Richmond added another solo run in the top of the fourth inning. Schmidt got the rally going again, this time with a double to right center. A wild pitch moved him to third and Cook put runners on the corners after an infield single. Hipsman followed with a ground ball to second and was able to beat the relay throw, allowing Schmidt to score and the Spiders to go up 2-0.
Georgia Tech cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fourth inning. After a one-out triple from Austin Wilhite, a passed ball allowed him to score and cut the lead to 2-1.
The senior duo of Lee and Plantier answered right back in the top of the fifth. Lee led off with a single through the right side before Plantier took full advantage of the confines of Russ Chandler Stadium. Plantier hit his second home run in as many days, a two-run shot to double up the Spiders score and push the lead to 4-1. Richmond wasn't done there. After a couple outs, Schmidt again ignited a rally by drawing a walk. Cook followed by driving a ball over the fence in right center to extend the lead to 6-1.
Richmond extended its lead in the top of the eighth inning. With Daniel Little on first, Lee connected on a single to right and Little went first to third to put runners on the corners. Plantier followed with a base knock to centerfield to extend the lead to 7-1.
Richmond is back in action this evening as the Spiders finish the Atlanta Challenge at Kennesaw State at 6 p.m.