Final Score: Virginia 4, VCU 2
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 14-11 (3-0 A-10), Virginia 20-6 (4-5 ACC)
The Short Story: After scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning, the VCU Rams would watch the Virginia Cavaliers score four unanswered runs, including one each in the eighth and ninth innings. Despite the solid three innings from Jonathan Ebersole, the Black & Gold would drop the game by a score of 4-2.
- Paul Witt shined under the bright lights for the Rams, hacking a solid 2-for-4 night with an RBI and run scored.
- Logan Farrar matched Witt offensively, also going 2-for-4 with a double and run scored.
- Darian Carpenter, Mitchel Lacey, and Dylan Isquirdo each smacked a single apiece. J.P. Vail would add a pinch-hit single in the game as well.
- Ebersole would toss three shutout innings, giving up two hits with one strikeout.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Rams got things started early in the bottom of the first inning, as Farrar dropped a double down the left field line. With two out, Witt then smacked a single into center field to give the Rams a 1-0 lead.
- Still with two outs in the bottom of the first, Zac Ching would strike out swinging to what seemed to end the inning. But with a throw required as the ball bounced in the dirt, Virginia catcher Caleb Knight airmailed the ball into right field, scoring Witt to give the Black & Gold a 2-0 lead.
- Virginia would get on the board in the top of the fifth, as Nate Eikhoff sent a sacrifice fly into center. However, Farrar would slip and still make the catch. The UVA base runner from first thought the ball landed, and would be doubled off on the play.
- The play would play out to be a big play, as Benjamin Dum would record the third out of the inning, holding Virginia to one run and keeping the VCU lead at 2-1.
- UVA's Adam Haseley produced a run single-handedly in the top of the sixth inning, as he singled and stole two bases. As he broke to steal third base, Isquirdo's throw would get by Daane Berezo and trickle into left field, allowing Haseley to score and tie the game at 2-2.
- Things stayed square until the top of the eighth inning, as Virginia grabbed an unearned run to take a 3-2 lead thanks to an RBI single by Andy Weber.
- The Hoos would grab one more run in the top of the ninth inning, pushing their lead to 4-2.
- Lacey and Vail each reached base via back-to-back singles to begin the bottom of the ninth, but the Rams would go down without pushing across any more runs.
VCU will return to action this Friday, March 31 as they will open up their three-game series against the George Washington Colonials at The Diamond. First pitch for Friday is slated for 6 p.m.