By David Larter
February 22, 2009
Spider right fielder Ryan Metzroth said during a recent interview that being team captain meant leading by example, both on the field and off the field.
If leadership on the field means hitting 3-for-4, with a home run, four runs batted-in and three runs scored, then Metzroth was a leader during the season opener, during which Richmond won 8-6 over the Niagara University Purple Eagles Saturday at Pitt Field.
Metzroth hit his first home run of the season his first time at bat, sending Eagles pitcher Marcus Spaulding's pitch over the left-center field wall, hitting the new life-sized stuffed Spiderman doll hanging upside down from the field's new scoreboard.
The home run scored junior third baseman Cameron Brown, who had been injured for most of last season.