Final Score: #12 Virginia 9, VCU 4
Location: Davenport Field (Charlottesville, Va.)
Records: VCU 19-14 (8-1 A-10), Virginia 27-8 (8-7 ACC)
The Short Story: With the game tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Virginia Cavaliers would open up with a five-run inning to run away from the VCU Rams late Tuesday night. Despite clutch hitting from the bottom of the Black & Gold lineup, the Rams dropped the game 9-4.
- The only multi-hit effort came from junior Haiden Lamb, who finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.
- Sophomore Zac Ching had one of the bigger hits of the day, his lone base knock a double in a 1-for-3 effort while adding a run scored and a walk.
- Darian Carpenter finished 1-for-4 on the game, chipping in with an RBI and run scored.
- Freshman Paul Witt had the other remaining hit for the Rams, going 1-for-4 with a run scored.
- Both Daane Berezo and Steven Carpenter each reached as a base runner, each recording one walk apiece. Mitchel Lacey would also reach base via a hit by pitch.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Virginia would be the first ones on the scoreboard, doing so in the bottom of the second inning. A two-run home run to left field from Cameron Simmons off of Jonathan Ebersole would give the Hoos an early 2-0 lead.
- The Rams would respond in the top of the third inning, as Berezo lifted a sacrifice fly to score Ching and bring the score to 2-1.
- In the bottom of the third, Virginia would come right back with a run to push their lead back to two, 3-1, as Robbie Coman singled home Adam Haseley.
- However, the Rams wouldn't go away as they tied the game in the top of the fourth, all started by a double by Darian Carpenter to the left center gap to score Witt.
- Lamb would cap off the scoring in the top of the fourth as his single up the middle would score Ching, tying the game at 3-3.
- Both sides traded their punches, as the Hoos came back with another run in the bottom of the fourth. Ernie Clement put a single up the middle, scoring Justin Novak to give Virginia the lead back, 4-3.
- Ching would respond in the top of the sixth inning, as his RBI double to the left field corner would score Lacey and tie the ball game at 4-4. The Rams would have runners on second and third after the double with only one out, but would fail to add any more runs in the inning.
- Things broke open for Virginia in the bottom of the seventh inning, as they put up five runs with a pair of RBI doubles from Simmons and Novak, and a single from Jake McCarthy. After the scoring, the score stood 9-5.
- Pitcher Garrett Pearson would blank Virginia in the bottom of the eighth before the Rams went empty handed in the ninth, giving Virginia the 9-4 win.
VCU will return to action this weekend, April 14-16 as the Rams will play host to the Davidson Wildcats at The Diamond in Atlantic 10 play. Friday's first matchup of the three-game series will have a 3 p.m. first pitch.