The baseball team lost the second game of Saturday’s double-header against Fairfield University, 6-2, with a disappearance of the offense that had elevated it to a win earlier in the day.
Junior Zach Grossfeld made his first career start, which lasted four innings. He allowed two runs on four hits and struck out five.
Grossfeld’s outing started strong. He faced only one batter over the minimum in the first three innings, striking out the side in the third. But he ran into trouble in the fourth inning when a single-double-walk-single sequence allowed the Stags to score two runs.
Grossfeld got out of the inning with no further damage, but was relieved in the fifth inning by junior James Lively. Lively struck out three over three and two-thirds innings, but was pulled from the game in the top of the eighth innings after surrendering two homeruns, one of which bounced off the top of the scoreboard in left-center field.
Sophomore Ryan Donnelly relieved Lively and allowed the final Fairfield run.
The Spider offense, which was nearly unstoppable in the 13-2 victory in the first game of the double header, went quiet in the second game. The team put up only four hits to Fairfield’s 11.
Richmond scored two runs in the sixth inning, both during sophomore Matt Dacey’s at-bat. Senior Mike Small and sophomore Doug Kraeger hit back-to-back singles ahead of Dacey, and a balk by Fairfield’s pitcher brought Small home. Dacey proceeded to hit a single of his own to plate Kraeger, but the run support stopped there.
The Spiders will play the final game of the three-game series against Fairfield 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
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