Richmond’s Spiders won’t be fully-armed when they travel to UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Tuesday night.
Last month, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that five of Richmond’s baseball players had been suspended for violating NCAA rules. The season-opening and indefinite bans reportedly revolved around those Spiders’ involvement in fantasy football.
According to the Times-Dispatch, NCAA rules state that athletes “are not eligible to compete if you knowingly participate in any sports wagering activity that involves intercollegiate, amateur or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling.”
Richmond has not named its suspended Spiders, but the Times-Dispatch reported that two of the players were junior pitcher Keenan Bartlett and senior infielder Kurtis Brown. It is possible that Bartlett wouldn’t have appeared at UFCU Disch-Falk Field for a mid-week game anyways since he is one of Richmond’s top arms. Brown, though, hit .342 with 35 RBIs in 2016.
Richmond (3-7) is coming off of three losses at Texas State this past weekend. Two of those defeats were 18-3 and 13-2 blowouts.
Freshman Tim Miller (1-0; 2.45 ERA) will start for Richmond on Tuesday against Texas junior Connor Mayes (0-1; 6.23). Among the Austin-area products on Richmond’s roster are sophomores Brendan McGuigan and Kyle Schmidt. McGuigan is a St. Michael’s graduate who has thrown one inning of relief this season. Schmidt is a Smithville-raised catcher with a .375 batting average.
Following this past week’s road trip to Stanford, Texas (7-6) is looking to snap a three-game losing streak.
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