Richmond Takes Series Opener, 10-7

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, VA -- Despite another four RBI afternoon from junior Mark Tracy, the Duquesne Dukes dropped the weekend series opener, 10-7, to Richmond Friday afternoon at Pitt Field on UR's campus.

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Junior Mark Tracy hit his team-leading 12th home run this afternoon, his eighth in the last eight games. He also had four more RBI to increase his, also best on the team, RBI total to 35.

His stat line is mindful of Aaron Jackson's: the first baseman went 2-for-4, scored two runs, drove in 4, hit a home run and a triple, took a stolen base and a walk with eight putouts and two assists.

Four other Duquesne players had two hits: senior Bill Torre, sophomore Andrew Heck and freshmen Rick Devereaux and Derrik Zeroski.

Senior starter Ryan Juran (2-6) gave up six runs, four earned, in just under three innings and was charged with the loss.

Richmond was led by Ryan Metzroth who hit a grand slam home run. Starter Stephen Owens (2-2) gave up five earned runs in as many innings but his Spider teammates kept the lead from the start for his second win.

The Spiders grabbed a 6-0 edge after three innings. The Dukes added one in the fourth and three in the fifth to get within 6-4.

The teams each scored one run in their next two at-bats to put the score at 8-6. Richmond drove in two in the bottom of the seventh for their final total. Duquesne added a single run in the ninth, Ian Marshall getting the final out with two on base.

The A-10 series continues Saturday at 2 p.m.

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