Spi­ders have A-10 tour­ney within sight

Streak-bust­ing win at U.Va. is pro­pel­ling UR

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - COLLEGE BASEBALL - BY JOHN O’CON­NOR jo­con­nor@timesdis­patch.com (804) 649-6233 @RTDjohno­con­nor

The goal for Univer­sity of Rich­mond sec­ond base­man Daniel Brum­baugh and his se­nior team­mates is to fin­ish their ca­reers as they started three years ago: qual­i­fy­ing for the A-10 tour­na­ment.

The Spi­ders, who did not ad­vance to the seven-team A-10 tour­na­ment the past two years, are in the midst of a late-sea­son push ac­cented by Tues­day night’s 11-3 win at Vir­ginia. UR hadn’t beaten U.Va. since 2003, los­ing 14 con­sec­u­tive meet­ings.

The Spi­ders (29-21, 13-8 A-10) have won five straight games and 10 of their past 13.

They’re in po­si­tion for a top­seven league fin­ish, but have not yet se­cured a tour­na­ment spot.

“Maybe we’re peak­ing at the right time,” UR coach Tracy Wood­son said Wed­nes­day morn­ing from the bus car­ry­ing his team to a three-game series at Ford­ham (33-15-1, 15-6 A-10) that starts Thurs­day (noon dou­ble­header) and con­tin­ues Fri­day (noon game). “Ev­ery­thing is com­ing to­gether. We’re pitch­ing and play­ing de­fense. We could use a lit­tle bit more from the bats.

“We feel like we’ve played well enough to get in (to the A-10 tour­na­ment). But it seems like the league is top-heavy and bot­tom-heavy. We’ve still got a lit­tle bit of work to do. We could use some help to take a lit­tle pres­sure off, but if we just go up (to Ford­ham) and play like we have been, we should be fine.”

The series at Ford­ham wraps up Rich­mond’s reg­u­lar-sea­son sched­ule.

Brum­baugh, a .277 hit­ter this sea­son in 48 games, is bat­ting .311 dur­ing the re­cent 10-3 stretch.

“He’s done a nice job for us for four years,” Wood­son said of Brum­baugh, who’s from Lewisville, Texas. “Our se­niors have kind of put their mind to it that (reach­ing the A-10 tour­na­ment) is what they want. If you get into that and you get hot for the week, you never know what’s go­ing to hap­pen.”

The A-10 tour­na­ment starts Wed­nes­day at Arlington’s Bar­croft Park, Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton’s home field, and runs through Satur­day.

JOE MA­HONEY/TIMES-DIS­PATCH

Rich­mond’s Daniel Brum­baugh, mak­ing tag against Duke in an April game, is bat­ting .311 dur­ing the Spi­ders’ re­cent 10-3 stretch.

RICH­MOND AT FORD­HAM Thurs­day: Noon (2)

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