Final Score: Marist 15, VCU 6
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 10-7, Marist 7-6
The Short Story: It just wasn't destined to be the day for the VCU Rams on Thursday afternoon, as they dropped a 15-6 matchup against the Marist Red Foxes. Connor Gillispie took his first loss on the mound as the starter for the Black & Gold.
- Both Paul Witt and Zac Ching each collected a pair of hits in the offensive effort. Ching added a double and run scored.
- Mitchel Lacey provided offense with the only other extra base hit on the afternoon.
- All nine players in the starting lineup finished with a hit on the afternoon.
- Three Rams saw their 2017 debuts: Garrett Pearson, Eric Neiman, and David Mervis.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Rams would get the party started in the second inning, as Zac Ching and Haiden Lamb went back-to-back with hits. Ching would smack a double into the left center gap, scoring Dylan Isquirdo. Lamb would then bring home Ching with an RBI single to center to take the 2-0 lead.
- That lead would not last long, as Marist came out with a six-run top of the third that was highlighted by an RBI single to center from Andrew Rouse that scored two runs. Marist would hold a 6-2 lead.
- The Red Foxes would add a pair in the top of the fourth, coming from a two-run home run from Tyler Kapuscinski. That would give Marist an 8-2 lead.
- VCU would charge back with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth, as both Dylan Isquirdo and Daane Berezo knocked in RBI's, cutting the Marist lead back to 8-4.
- Marist would pull their lead right back out, adding six more runs between the top of the fifth through the seventh, taking a 14-4 lead.
- Thanks to a wild pitch by Ryan Thomas in the bottom of the seventh, the Rams added one to make the score 14-5.
- After Marist added another run in the top of the eighth, Carpenter smacked his third home run of the season, a solo shot over the left field fence.
VCU will return to action tomorrow, Friday, March 17 as they head to UNC Wilmington for a three-game series. First pitch tomorrow is scheduled for 4 p.m.