PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team lost a hard-fought game to La Salle in Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, 5-3.
With the loss, Richmond’s record drops to 16-9 overall and to 2-3 in Atlantic 10 conference play. With the win, La Salle improves to 8-14 on the year and to 4-1 in league action.
Freshman Tanner Stanley went 4-for-5 on the day for the Spiders with two doubles and a RBI, while junior Adam Forrer hit a solo home run. Senior Matt Zink also drove in a run for Richmond on the afternoon.
After the Explorers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth, Richmond responded immediately in the next two frames to tie the game.
In the fifth, Zink and Stanley both drove in runs to cut the lead to just one. Then in the sixth, Forrer hit a towering, solo homer over the fence in right field to tie the game at 3-3.
Still tied in the eighth, La Salle was able to plate a pair of runs, taking a 5-3 lead in to the top of the ninth. Stanley was able to reach base for the Spiders, but Richmond was unable to muster a rally, falling in to La Salle on a cold Philadelphia afternoon.
The Richmond Spiders will look to win the series on the road Saturday afternoon when the face the Explorers for the final time this season. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.