Final Score: VCU 4, Fairfield 3
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 4-5, Fairfield 2-3
The Short Story: Junior Sean Thompson brought the heat to The Diamond on Friday afternoon, as he would strike out 12 batters through seven innings, collecting his second win of the season and giving VCU a 4-3 victory, their first win in Richmond on the season.
- Thompson's final line of the afternoon gave him 7.0 innings, giving up seven hits, three runs, two walks, and 12 strikeouts.
- Logan Farrar had a busy day, going 1-for-4 with a run score and two RBI.
- Freshman Brett Willett also chipped in with two RBI, as his only hit of the day brought both in. He finished with a 1-for-4 afternoon as well.
- Paul Witt paced the offense with the only multi-hit effort by a Ram on the game, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
- Also chipping with a hit on the afternoon was Daane Berezo, Alex Gransback, and Zac Ching.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU wasted no time getting on the board, as Farrar would get the scoring going with a long RBI single off the wall in right field. The hit would score Gransback, giving VCU a 1-0 lead.
- Fairfield would respond in the top of the second inning, as they were able to pull off a double steal with two outs. With runners on first and third, Tim Zeng would steal second. As the throw went to second, Troy Scocca would steal home and tie the game at 1-1.
- The Stags would grab two more runs in the top of the third inning, started by an RBI double from Kevin Radziewicz. Two batters later, Scocca would smack an RBI single, putting Fairfield up 3-1.
- With nobody out in the bottom of the third, Farrar would ground into a fielder's choice, but get an RBI as Gransback would score from third to bring the Rams within one, 3-2.
- Still in the bottom of the third, now with two outs, Willett hit a seeing-eye single through the right side, scoring both Berezo and Farrar giving VCU the lead back, 4-3.
- Through the middle innings, each team failed to score. Thompson got going as time went on to strike out six of his 12 total in innings four through six.
- With 10 total strikeouts though six, Thompson took the mound in the top of the seventh, and fanned two hitters. It would be a caught stealing on a snipe from catcher Dylan Isquirdo that would end the inning, and keep VCU in the lead, 4-3.
- After a 1-2-3 inning from freshman Hayden Moore in the top of the eighth, Sam Donko came in the ninth and secured his second save of the season, giving VCU the 4-3 win.
VCU will return to action tomorrow, Saturday, March 4 as they will face Fairfield for Game 2 of the three-game series. First pitch at The Diamond is scheduled for 2 p.m.