Spiders have A-10 tourney within sight
Streak-busting win at U.Va. is propelling UR
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.
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)