RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Everyone likes a little drama on the final day of the regular season. But the Richmond Spiders sat on the edge of their seats for nothing.
The UR baseball team lost its final game of the regular season, and thought it needed a Xavier win over Fordham to get a bid in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The Musketeers won, but the Spiders found out the next day that the A-10 had actually messed up the tiebreaker rules, and the Spiders were in the whole time.
No matter how they got there, the Spiders are happy to be back in the conference tournament for the first time since 2007, and the first time under coach Mark McQueen. UR has battled injured to numerous key players, including three quarters of their starting infield. Also, leadoff hitter and center fielder Matt Zink injured his labrum during the St. Joseph's series.
But, at one game over .500, the Spiders are still playing. UR played the toughest schedule in the A-10, and is the only team in the tournament that has played, and beaten, all of the other tournament teams. UR is the five seed, which is the same spot St. Louis held when they won the tournament last year.
Richmond plays its first game of the tournament Wednesday vs. Xavier at noon in Camden, NJ. UR feels comfortable on that field - they just played St. Joseph's there last weekend.