Final Score: VCU 2, Fairfield 1
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 6-5, Fairfield 2-5
The Short Story: Just one inning of scoring would be all the VCU Rams would need on a brisk afternoon at The Diamond. With a series sweep on the line, the combination of Connor Gillispie and Jonathan Ebersole combined to scatter 10 hits, but allow only one earned run in a 2-1 victory over the Fairfield Stags.
- Alex Gransback and Nick Rabat each collected a hit and RBI on the afternoon, as both finished their day 1-for-3.
- Logan Farrar and Zac Ching each laced two hits on the afternoon, as both finished 2-for-3 with a double as well.
- Gillispie tossed 5.0 innings, giving up five hits, one earned run, walking two and striking out three for his first collegiate win.
- Ebersole backed up Gillispie with four shutout innings, scattering five hits for his first save as a member of the Black & Gold.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Fairfield got the ball rolling in the top of the second inning, as they were able to get two base runners on and in scoring position. With one out, a Dylan Reynolds ground ball to second base brought home Troy Scocca to give the Stags a 1-0 lead.
- The Rams had a chance to break even in the bottom of the inning, as Ching would reach third base with two out. However, a ground ball from Rabat would end the inning, keeping the score at 1-0.
- VCU would battle back in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two outs, Gransback smacked an RBI single into center field, scoring Farrar and tying the game at 1-1.
- Following Gransback, Rabat smacked the next pitch from Gavin Wallace into center field, scoring Ching to give VCU the 2-1 lead.
- Fairfield threatened in the top of the fifth, getting runners on first and second. But Gillispie was able to pitch out of the jam, keeping VCU's 2-1 lead.
- In the top of the ninth, Fairfield once again put pressure on Ebersole, with back-to-back one out singles that put two on.
- A sacrifice fly would move up Tim Zeng to third base, putting him as the tying run with two outs. However, Michael Conti flew out to left to end the game, giving VCU their fourth straight win.
VCU will return to action this Tuesday, March 7 as the Rams will travel to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. First pitch for the game is scheduled for 3 p.m.