Jamer gutsy effort leads Rams to extra innings win over George Washington, split in doubleheader

Final Score: George Washington 4, VCU 3 (10 inn.) (Game 1)
    VCU 8, George Washington 7 (Game 2)
Location: Tucker Field (Arlington, Va.)
Records: VCU 30-15 (12-6 A-10), George Washington 20-25 (9-6 A-10)

The Short Story: Plenty of innings were logged at Tucker Field on Saturday afternoon, as the VCU Rams and George Washington Colonials faced off for a doubleheader. However, both teams gutted through 23 innings of work in a split of the doubleheader, with George Washington taking game one 4-3 and game two 8-7. 

LEADING OFF

  • Matt Jamer would grab the win on the mound in game two, going 8.0 innings out of the bullpen, giving up six hits in the process.
  • Game one standout was Darian Carpenter, who went 3-for-4 with a solo home run.
  • Game two saw Jimmy Kerrigan collect three RBI, while Cody Acker collected two. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game 1

  • VCU jumped ahead in the early going, right in the top of the first inning. Kerrigan would send a ground ball to second base with the bases loaded, and fielded to second base for an out. However, the play scored Haiden Lamb to give the Rams a 1-0 lead.
  • Carpenter would add a spark of his own in the top of the third inning, as he sent a solo home run over the left field fence to give the Black and Gold a 2-0 lead.
  • Things stayed quiet until the bottom of the seventh inning, when the Colonials put together their first run of the series. Brandon Chapman would send a double off of Jonathan Ebersole to score Kevin Mahala, putting the score to 2-1.
  • With one out in the bottom of the ninth against Sam Donko, George Washington tied the game at 2-2 as Cody Bryant singled to center, bringing home pinch-runner Larry McCabe.
  • Not long into extras, the Rams grabbed the lead back in the top of the 10th inning, as Walker Haymaker delivered a clutch single up the middle. The hit scored Matt Davis and put VCU up 3-2.
  • However, it would be the Colonials with the final say, as Kevin Mahala came through in the clutch, smacking an infield single up the middle that was fielded by Matt Davis. However, one run scored on the grounder, while the other scored on Davis' throw to first, ending the game and giving GW the 4-3 win in 10 innings. 

Game 2 

  • The Rams started the scoring again in the top of the first, as Kerrigan sent a long fly ball to right field for a sacrifice fly. That allowed James Bunn to score, putting VCU up 1-0.
  • The score would be 2-0 by the time the top of the first would end, as Acker contributed an RBI on an infield single, scoring Farrar.
  • After a clean second frame from both sides, the Black and Gold added another pair of runs in the top of the third, as Kerrigan shot a double over the center fielder that one hopped the wall, allowing Farrar and Davis to both score, putting VCU up 4-0.
  • Bunn would be the reason for yet another two runs in the top of the fourth inning, as his RBI single to right field scored both Dylan Isquirdo and Daane Berezo. Both of them reached via a hit by pitch to begin the top of the fourth inning.
  • George Washington came back with a pair of their own in the bottom of the fourth inning, with Bobby Campbell slugging an RBI single, followed by an RBI groundout from Cody Bryant brought the score to 6-2.
  • With one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, Joey Bartosic smacked a line drive past the diving Zac Ching at third and into left for an RBI single, scoring Andrew Selby to cut the Ram lead in half, 6-3.
  • Mark Osis would help the Colonials grab another run before the bottom of the fifth was over, getting a single through the right side into right field. Kerrigan's throw from right field was just a tad late, scoring Bartosic and putting the score to 6-4.
  • Acker would add to the Rams lead in the top of the seventh inning, as he sent a double to right field that one hopped the wall, scoring Kerrigan from second base and putting VCU up 7-4.
  • Bartosic added to his RBI total for the game, putting an RBI single into right center off of Jamer in the bottom of the seventh to score Metz and bring GW within two, 7-5.
  • Things would tie up in the bottom of the seventh, as Kevin Mahala smacked a double down the left field line, scoring a pair and putting things to 7-7.
  • It would finally be a bases loaded ground ball off the bat of Matt Davis in the top of the 13th inning that would be thrown wild to first, allowing the Rams go-ahead run to score.
  • Jamer would finish off his eight innings of brilliance in the bottom of the 13th, and solidify the 8-7 win after throwing 121 pitches out of the bullpen.

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU return to action this Tuesday, May 3 when they travel to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, as they will take on the Tar Heels of North Carolina. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.