THREE-HIT, RBI DAY FROM WITT LEADS BASEBALL TO 11-4 VICTORY AT VMI

Final Score: VCU 11, VMI 4
Location: Gray-Minor Stadium (Lexington, Va.)
Records: VCU 28-16 (15-3 A-10), VMI 18-26 (4-11 SoCon) 

The Short Story: A flurry of runs would appear on the scoreboard in favor of the VCU Rams on Tuesday evening, as three home runs aided VCU's 11-4 thumping of the VMI Keydets on the road. Senior Luke Crabb would get the win out of the bullpen, while offensively VCU put up 11 hits on the night as well.

 

LEADING OFF 

  • Paul Witt shined bright, as the freshman posted a three-hit evening. He finished 3-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI that came on a three-run home run. The big fly would be his first of the year. 
  • Logan Farrar stayed hot at the plate, going 2-for-4 on the night with two RBI and two runs scored while launching his fifth home run of the year.
  • Zac Ching knocked in a pair of RBI, while Darian Carpenter added one as well.
  • Mitchel Lacey hit an opposite field home run for his lone hit of the night, also giving himself an RBI.
  • Daane Berezo, Haiden Lamb, and Josh Simon each logged singles on the night to each get into the hit column.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Farrar started things off swiftly for the second time within a week, leading off the game with a solo home run and giving VCU an early 1-0 lead.
  • The Keydets pushed across three runs off of Connor Gillispie in the bottom of the first inning, highlighted by a two-run home run from Matt Pita to give VMI a 3-1 lead going into the second inning.
  • VCU brought three runs of their own right back in the top of the second inning, as Farrar struck again with an RBI single to cut the lead to 3-2.
  • Simon followed with a swipe of home as Farrar attempted to steal second. That would tie the game, as Darian Carpenter then took the lead back with an RBI single. VCU would head into the bottom of the second with a 4-3 lead.
  • The Rams loaded the bases in the top of the fourth inning, and were able to sneak a run on a wild pitch, then putting runners on second and third with 2 out.
  • Witt then proceeded to mash a three-run home run over the left field fence for his first career home run, giving VCU an 8-3 lead.
  • In the top of the fifth, Lacey added to the fire with a solo home run to lead off the inning, pushing the Rams lead to 9-3. It would be the Rams' third home run of the game to that point.
  • The bases would once again be loaded for the Rams in the top of the sixth inning. With two out, Ching would launch a long single off the center field wall. Two runs would score on the play, but Witt would get thrown out trying to make it all three runs scoring. Going into the bottom of the sixth, the Rams held an 11-3 lead.
  • VMI struck back with a run in the bottom of the sixth, as Dunlevy singled in a run to bring the score to 11-4.
  • The combination of Crabb, Tanner Winters, and Ryan Fox would hold VMI to only one run the rest of the way in clinching the win for the Black & Gold.

 

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to action this weekend, starting this Friday, May 5 as the Rams travel to Dayton for a three-game Atlantic 10 Conference series. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 3 p.m. 

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