Spider Baseball loses series to URI

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - In a high-scoring series, Richmond just could not come up with enough firepower in the finale, as the Spiders fall to URI 10-4.  Richmond lost its first home conference series of the year.

Junior C Chris Cowell homered for Richmond to tie the game at 1-1 in the fourth, junior LF Robby Massar followed with a two-run bomb in the sixth to make it 5-3, but it was a grand slam from URI's Jeff Cammans in the fifth inning that stood as the difference.

Cowell finished the day two-for-four, scored twice and the home run was the 22nd of his career.

The Rams were bolstered from an eight-inning performance from starter Stephen Peterson to improve the visitors to 23-16 overall and 9-6 in the A-10.  The Spiders slipped to 20-18-2, 7-5.

Peterson scattered six hits and allowed four runs with five strikeouts to improve to 4-3.  Kyle Regnault closed it out with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Richmond senior Matt Trent was making his first start of the season as he continues to battle back from off-season injuries.  The righty allowed just four hits with three punch-outs over 4.1 innings, but was on the hook for five runs and absorbed the loss (1-1).

Freshman SS JB Gadd ripped an RBI single to left field in the seventh for Richmond.

The Spiders have the week off for exams and return to action at home next weekend with another crucial A-10 series versus second-place La Salle.  Friday's series-opener is set for 3 p.m.

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