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RICHMOND, Va. – Richmond's Billy Barber sent a 1-0 pitch from senior Brad Steinbach into the right-center gap in the bottom of the 9th to plate the game-winning run on Saturday afternoon and give the Spiders (14-11-2, 2-0 Atlantic 10) a 4-3 victory over St. Bonaventure (6-13, 0-2 A-10) at Pitt Field.
After retiring the first two batters of the 9th, Steinbach walked Matt Zink, who then moved to third on a wild pitch. He tied the game by scoring on a single up the middle by Mike Mergenthaler, and after another single by pinch hitter Chris Cowell, Barber delivered the game-winning hit.
The Spiders scored a run in each of the first two innings to jump out to a 2-0 lead off Bona starter Andrew Revello. But from there the sophomore right hander settled down and shut the Spiders off the scoreboard until he left prior to the bottom of the 7th.
A weather delay halted the game for an hour prior to the bottom of the 5th, and in the top of the 6th the Bonnies were able to knot the contest.
Third baseman Alex Calderon led off with a walk, and subsequent free passes to Steinbach and senior Jamie Wallschlaeger loaded the bases with nobody out. After sophomore Billy Urban struck out, Nick Brennen hit a dribbler to the left side of the infield short of the pitcher's mound, but Richmond reliever Shawn O'Neil bobbled the ball and Calderon scored the first run for the Bonnies.
Designated hitter Ryan Skellie then hit a ball to the right of the shortstop, who fielded and threw to second in attempt to get Brennen, but the ball was bobbled by the second baseman and Steinbach scored with the second Bona run.
The Bonnies broke the 2-2 tie in the 8th when Urban delivered the first, and only, hit of the day for the Bonnies to plate Steinbach. After leading off the inning by working a full-count walk, Steinbach moved to second on Wallschlaeger's sacrifice bunt up the first-base line. During Urban's at bat, he advanced to third on a passed ball before the Ohio native lined a 1-1 fastball into the left-center gap.
Redshirt junior Cael Johnson entered in relief of Revello in the 7th, and was able to tangle the Spiders in the 7th and 8th innings before giving way to Steinbach.
Richmond starter Chris Bates no-hit the Bonnies in his five innings of work, but left with a no-decision after walking five and hitting another Bona batter.
Revello threw six innings, scattering six hits and striking out three in being credited with a no-decision.
The Bonnies will try to salvage the series with a win on Sunday. First pitch from Pitt Field is scheduled for Noon.