DONKO BECOMES ALL-TIME SAVES LEADER IN 3-0 WIN AT FORDHAM

Final Score: VCU 3, Fordham 0
Location: Houlihan Park (Bronx, N.Y.)
Records: VCU 24-15 (12-2 A-10), Fordham 18-17, (7-6 A-10) 

The Short Story: It would be a special day for VCU Baseball, as Sam Donko put himself in the record books as one of the most dominating pitchers in program history, as the senior logged his 11th save of the season, totaling 31 for his career and officially putting him atop the career saves list. Thanks to a gem from Brooks Vial and timely offense from it's freshman starters, VCU would grab the 3-0 shutout win over the Fordham Rams.

 

LEADING OFF 

  • Donko passes Adam Bryant (1991-94) for first place on the All-Time Saves List in VCU Baseball history with his 31st career save.
  • Vial was superb, as he put up 7.2 innings of shutout baseball, scattering five hits, two walks, and striking out eight in earning his sixth win of the season.
  • Freshman Paul Witt paced the offense, as he finished 2-for-3 on the game. Both hits were doubles, as he notched an RBI, run scored, and a walk.
  • Steven Carpenter would mirror Witt's numbers, going 2-for-4 with a double, single, RBI, and run scored.
  • Brett Willett would hold the other RBI for the Rams, while Logan Farrar was the other Ram with a multi-hit effort going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
  • With the win, the Rams also put up their longest winning streak of the season at five straight games.
 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • VCU wasted no time to get on the board, as the duo of freshman at the top of the batting order would get it done for the first run of the ballgame. Carpenter and Witt would go back-to-back with doubles to grab the 1-0 lead. 
  • It would be Carpenter grabbing the RBI in the top of the third inning, as his RBI single through the right ride would score Farrar from second and give VCU a 2-0 lead.
  • After fanning the side in the bottom of the third inning, Vial run into some trouble in the bottom of the fourth. After allowing a single and a walk with 0 out, both runners would move up after a sacrifice bunt. Vial would then get a strikeout and a ground out to end the inning and the threat.
  • With Vial cruising through five, VCU put it's final padding on the scoring in the top of the sixth. Freshman Brett Willett would send a sacrifice fly into left field to score Witt from third, who had knocked his second double of the game earlier in the inning.
  • Vial would make it into the eighth inning as he hovered around the 100 pitch mark. After getting two quick outs, Vial would give up a single up the middle to Mark Donadio, ending his day.
  • Sam Donko would take the reins, and man the final four outs for his record-breaking save and getting the Rams their 12th A-10 win of the season.

 

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to action tomorrow, Sunday, April 23 when the Rams return for Game 3 of the three-game series at Fordham. First pitch on Sunday is scheduled for 12 p.m.

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