Richmond, VA (WWBT)- Junior Jacob Mayers has paced the Richmond Spiders baseball team both on the mound and at the plate this season, and his historic performance has earned him an Atlantic 10 honor, but all of this could have ended two years ago during his freshman year.
Mayers was one of three Spider players that was arrested and charged with burglary and grand larceny after an on-campus incident involving stolen electronics at a residence hall. He confessed and returned all the items, had his charges reduced to misdemeanors and re-joined the Richmond baseball team prior to the 2011 season.
That experience has taught Jacob about appreciating the game and he now approaches life in general much differently. The Hanover native is the only one of the three players who returned to the team, and he focused hard on making the necessary changes. He's getting a second chance on the baseball field and making the most of it. Friday saw Mayers make Spider history with a ten inning complete game in a 2-1 win over Xavier, which earned him Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week. Sunday he made his noise at the plate, going 3-for-5 with five RBI, including two doubles and a two run game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth. Xavier would win the game, 7-5 in ten innings.
For the season, Mayers is 5-2 with a 4.80 ERA on the hill with 53 strikeouts, with that punch-out total good enough to lead the Spiders. At the plate he's hitting .321 with ten doubles, eight home runs and a team-leading 35 RBI.
Mayers has always dreamed of playing professional baseball, and may get that chance after this season. If that doesn't work out, the Hanover product says he'd love to return for his senior year and help lead the Spiders.
Mayers and the Spiders are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to William and Mary, before welcoming George Washington to Pitt Field for an Atlantic 10 series beginning Friday.