Bronx, NY (WWBT)- The Richmond Spiders entered Friday comfortably in the winners bracket of the Atlantic 10 Tournament, but by the end of the night, found themselves fighting to stay alive. Thanks to an error by the conference's top-seeded team, Richmond will get the chance to play for a conference title on Saturday.
Nick Poulos scored the walk-off game winning run for Richmond in the bottom of the ninth, after Matt Zink's shot to second was mis-handled by St. Louis second baseman Mike Levine, giving the Spiders the 3-2 win over the top-seeded Billikens. It marked the second time in as many days Richmond upset favored St. Louis. The Billikens took a 2-1 lead in the third inning and that remained the score until the eighth, when Jacob Mayers belted an RBI double to score the tying run. The Spiders will face Dayton and will need to beat the Flyers twice in order to claim the Atlantic 10 title. Dayton topped Richmond in the first winners bracket game on Friday. The first game between the two squads is set for noon on Saturday.
Elsewhere, VCU saw its season come to an end with a 4-2 loss to Hofstra in the CAA Tournament. The Pride jumped out to a 3-0 lead, and answered a VCU run with another run of its own. In the sixth, Brent Mikionis continued his hot hitting in the CAA Tournament, smacking a solo home run to left, his third round-tripper of the tournament, but that's as close as the Rams would come.
Virginia hit a road-block in the form of eighth seeded Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament. The Yellow Jackets looked like anything but the last team to make the field of eight, rolling past the Cavaliers, 17-5. The game was called in the seventh inning due to the ten run mercy rule that is part of the event. Virginia will face Florida State on Saturday, and can still advance to Sunday's conference title game with a win and a Georgia Tech loss to Clemson.