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.

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