Spider baseball gets first home victory - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Spider baseball gets first home victory

by Matt Lincoln

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -  Mike Mergenthaler has a long name, and he hit a pair of long bombs Wednesday, pacing Richmond to its first home victory of the season, 9-3 over Coppin State.  

The Spiders improved to 2-3 and remain home this weekend to host Bucknell in a three-game series at Pitt Field that begins Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Mergenthaler's first home run of the season kick-started the offense as he ripped the game's fifth pitch down the right-field and off the foul pole for a 1-0 advantage.  The Spiders kept their foot on the gas as Ryan Mallory, Robby Massar and Phil Ruzbarsky all followed with RBI knocks in the first inning.

Staked to the early lead, sophomore lefty starter Bret Williams made quick work of Coppin State over seven strong innings.  He fanned five and allowed just one walk, four hits and one run to claim his first win of the season.

Mergenthaler's second blast of the game and 26th of his career was a solo shot into Pitt Field's right-field parking lot in the eighth inning.  It stands as the first multi-homer game in the senior's 154-game Spider career.

Ruzbarsky finished three-for-four with three RBI, while Jacob Mayers, Mike Small, Mallory, Mergenthaler and Massar each had two hits apiece.  Richmond out-hit Coppin State 15-5.

Coppin State starter John Bergwell was touched up for 10 hits and seven runs (five earned) in 4.2 innings of work and was tagged the loss as the Golden Eagles slipped to 0-5 on the year.

 

Copyright 2011 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Sportable Spokes wheelchair team gets set for national tournament next week

    Sportable Spokes wheelchair team gets set for national tournament next week

    The Sportable Spokes give kids in wheelchairs the chance to compete on the court, and next week they'll take the floor with some of the best in the country. The Spokes enter as the defending national champions.

    More >>

    The Sportable Spokes give kids in wheelchairs the chance to compete on the court, and next week they'll take the floor with some of the best in the country. The Spokes enter as the defending national champions.

    More >>
  • Excitement builds as Virginia Union women go for national title

    The Panthers are going for their first NCAA championship in women's basketball since 1983, and battle top-seeded Ashland in the title game on Friday night. Fans and alumni will be gathering on campus to see if the Panthers can complete their dream season.

    More >>

    The Panthers are going for their first NCAA championship in women's basketball since 1983, and battle top-seeded Ashland in the title game on Friday night. Fans and alumni will be gathering on campus to see if the Panthers can complete their dream season.

    More >>
  • Former player Rodriguez returns to VCU on Rhoades' coaching staff

    Former player Rodriguez returns to VCU on Rhoades' coaching staff

    Joey Rodriguez made a name for himself as a player at VCU, helping to lead the Rams on the 2011 Final Four run. Now he'll return to the Siegel Center, this time on the staff of new head coach Mike Rhoades.

    More >>

    Joey Rodriguez made a name for himself as a player at VCU, helping to lead the Rams on the 2011 Final Four run. Now he'll return to the Siegel Center, this time on the staff of new head coach Mike Rhoades.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly