Richmond Scatters 16 Hits to Avenge Wednesday Loss, Holds Off Davidson Rally
ARLINGTON, Va.— No. 4 Richmond got revenge for a first round loss to No. 5 Davidson, beating the Wildcats 8-3 in the consolation bracket of the Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship Thursday night at Tucker Field.
The Spiders (32-23) advance to the semifinal day to face No. 7 George Washington, which won earlier today. Davidson (33-21), the defending Atlantic 10 Champion, was eliminated from the tournament after also losing to top-seeded Saint Louis earlier Thursday. It marked the final game for Davidson skipper Dick Cooke, following a 28-year, illustrious career at the helm of the WIldcats.
UR had to hold off a ninth-inning Davidson rally after collecting 16 hits in the effort, scattering its runs across five different innings. Vinny Capra was 4-for-5 with two RBI and Kyle Adams went 3-for-5 with two runs scored for the Spiders. Ward Coleman and Andrew Born each had two hits to pace Davidson.
Richmond opened the scoring in the first inning with two runs in the first on a Daniel Brumbaugh double. Just one inning later, Davidson cut that lead in half with an RBI single by Andrew Born. The Spiders then scored twice in the fourth first on a sacrifice fly by D.J. Lee, then on a Vinny Capra RBI single. Tyler Plantier, who scored on Capra’s fourth inning single, scoring on another Capra single in the sixth.
Davidson tried to rally in the bottom of the sixth when a single by Born and a sac fly from Bazin scored a pair of runs. But a caught stealing and a strikeout squashed any chance of additional runs, and then Richmond scored twice on a Plantier double in the seventh and a single run in the eighth on a Justin Cook double.
The Wildcats again tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases and scoring a run, but a strikeout and a fly out ended the comeback bid.
Tim Miller (5-3) earned the win, throwing five innings and allowing three runs on five hits with six strikeouts, while Casey Sutherland (2-1) took the loss. Sutherland surrendered four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.