FAIRFAX, Va. - The University of Richmond Spiders baseball team dropped a road contest at George Mason on Tuesday afternoon, 7-4. With the setback, Richmond's record on the season moves to 21-20 on the year, while Mason improves to 31-17 on the year.
Redshirt junior Bret Williams drove in three Spider runs on the afternoon, hitting a two-run single and a solo home run. Senior Bryan Conway had a pair of hits, including a double, while sophomore Adam Forrer reached base four times, drawing three walks to go with a single. Senior Phil Ruzbarsky was 1-for-4 on the day with a walk and a RBI.
Freshman starting pitcher Ryan Cook (3-2) took the loss for the Spiders, pitching 4.2 innings while allowing three runs and striking out six. Out of the bullpen, sophomore Andrew Brockett and freshman Dylan Stoops had nice outings. Each pitched 1.1 shutout innings, striking out a pair.
George Mason was the first team to get on the board on a warm and humid day in Fairfax, scoring one run in the bottom of the first on a Blaise Fernandez RBI groundout to first base.
With the score still 1-0 in the top of the fourth, the Spiders used a two-out rally to take the lead from the Patriots. Conway started the two-out hitting with a double to left-center field. After walks to both Ryan Mallory and Joey Vecchione, the bases were loaded for Williams. On a 2-2 count, Williams singled through the middle of the infield, scoring a pair, to give Richmond a 2-1 lead.
The Spider lead would be short lived, however, as Mason scored three runs in the both the bottom of the fifth and seventh to take a 7-2 lead in to the top of the ninth inning.
With just three outs left, Williams continued his hot-hitting of late, starting the frame with a long, solo home run over the left field fence, cutting the lead to four runs, 7-3. After a strikeout, Richmond was able to load the bases after two hit-by-pitches and a walk. Ruzbarsky cut further in to the lead, drawing a walk to make the Mason advantage three, 7-4. The late rally ended there for the Spiders, as a strikeout and a groundout gave the game to George Mason, 7-4.
The Richmond Spiders will continue its road trip this weekend when it heads north to face Atlantic 10 rival Massachusetts. The three-game series gets underway on Friday with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.