Pacheco hits three-run home run in Win Over GW

RICHMOND, Va.— The University of Richmond baseball team rallied Saturday to claim an 11-5 Atlantic 10 Conference win over George Washington at Pitt Field, powered by a five-run fourth inning.

Richmond moves to 18-17 in the year and 3-8 in the A-10 while GW falls to 18-20 in the season and 6-5 in league play. The final game of the series is scheduled for a first-place finish at noon at Pitt Field and on ESPN+ Sunday.

GW quickly took a 2-0 lead in the first, but Richmond came back to level it in the second. Jason Neff (West Palm Beach, Fla.) laced a double to the left to get the Spiders going. Chase Conklin (Mullica Hill, NJ). Jason Neff three with a colorful single. DJ Pacheco (Danvers, Mass.) picked up his first of five RBI career bests after scoring Jason Neff with a double in the middle. Conklin came home on one Drew Beno (Loxahatchee, Fla.) ground to tie the game.

The Colonials counted a single run from Spider’s starter Jeremy Neff (West Palm Beach, Fla.) in the fourth to retake the lead, 3-2. Jeremy Neff (2-4) clinched the win after allowing four runs, three earned, in 5.2 innings, on eight hits, two walks and three strikeouts.

After base hits out Jake Elberry (North Andover, Mass.) and Conlkin in fourth, Pacheco smashed a 1-1 pitch down the left field line for a triple home run, his second home run of the year. Christian Bel (Flossmoor, Illinois) and Alden math (Broomall, Pa.) hit back-to-back two-out singles, advancing one base each on a GW wild pitch before Jared Sprague-Lott (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) singled down the left field line to give Richmond a 7-3 lead.

Johnny Hipsman (Chester, NY) led fifth place with a single and moved up to second place after Elbeery pulled a walk to knock GW’s starter out of the game. Jason Neff scored his second hit of the day with a colorful single to load the bases. Conklin picked up an RBI with a sacrificial fly to deep right field for Spider’s first run of the frame. Pacheco hit Elbeery with a base hit to garner a fifth RBI of the season before Beno hit his second RBI of the day with a sacrificial bunt.

Eli Larson (Mill Valley, Calif.) took over for Richmond on the hill, finishing sixth with a strike. Larson allowed a four-hit run and hit four in 3.1 innings to make his first save of the season.

Richmond added a run in eighth when Mathes scored from a GW error.

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