Elbeery Paces Spiders with five wins at JMU

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Freshman at the University of Richmond Jake Elbeery (North Andover, Mass.) posted a record 5-for-5 day at the plate to lead the Spiders to a 10-2 victory over James Madison on Tuesday at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park. The Spiders improved to 17-16 on the year while the Dukes move to 19-17 for the season.

Richmond returns to Atlantic 10 action, hosting George Washington for a weekend series starting Friday with a 2:30 p.m. first pitch at Pitt Field.

spider starter Rob ready (Cape May, NJ) picked up the win, allowing just two hits and no walks with two strikeouts in three innings of work, a season high. Esteban Rodriguez (Doral, Fla.) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts in four innings on the mound. Winston Allen (Morristown, NJ) pitched the last two innings for Richmond, allowing one hit and two walks with one strikeout.

The Spiders pounced on the Dukes’ starter, tagging him for three runs off the top of the first. André Papantonis (Lebanon Township, NJ) selected in Dominique Toso (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) for the Spiders’ first race before Johnny Hipman (Chester, NY) scored on crazy ground. Elbeery had his first hit of the day down the right side to make it 3-0.

Chase Conklin (Mullica Hill, NJ) scored his first of two hits on the day and first of two RBIs on the second, scoring Jason Nave (West Palm Beach, Florida) who started the inning with a triple.

Christian Beal (Flossmoor, Ill.) notched his two RBIs of the game in the fourth, scoring Elbeery and Jared Sprague Lott (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) with a hit to left center field.

With back-to-back hits from Elbeery and Sprague-Lott, Neff reached a defenseman’s pick to load in the sixth. Conklin netted his second right hit to collect his second RBI scoring Elbeery. Alden Mathes (Broomall, Pa.) had two RBIs with an infield single to push the Spiders 9-1.

Elbeery netted his fifth hit of the game in the ninth, singular down the center to score Toso for the final score of 10-2.

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