Final Score: VCU 3, Binghamton 1
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 6-8, Norfolk State 3-7
The Short Story: The pitching came out to play on Friday afternoon, as the trio of Connor Gillispie, Sam Ryan, and Mac McCarty combined for a one-hit, one-run effort in VCU's 3-1 victory over the Binghamton Bearcats.
- Gillispie did not allow a hit in four scoreless innings of work, striking out six while facing 12 batters.
- Ryan allowed one hit but did not allow a run in four innings of work as well.
- McCarty would collect his sixth save of the season, having shut the door in all wins for VCU so far this season.
- Paul Witt and Steven Carpenter each collected a double and an RBI on the game, as six of nine batters collected a hit apiece.
- Mitchel Lacey extended his on-base streak to 14 games.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU jumped on top in the bottom of the second inning, as Carpenter got a hold of one and planted a ball down the left field line. Lacey would motor all the way around from first base to score, giving the Rams the 1-0 lead.
- The Black & Gold scored another run in the bottom of the third, as Witt put a ball in play that was misplayed by the third baseman. That would score Berezo to put VCU ahead 2-0
- Gillispie would fly through the first four innings, handing the reigns off to Sam Ryan in the fifth. Gillispie would not allow a hit through those first four innings.
- Witt and Berezo would combine for another run for VCU in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Witt would find the left center field gap. Berezo would score from second, as the double would be Witt's second of the season.
- Ryan would get into the eighth inning keeping the Bearcats out of the hit column. Then it would be a single with one out by Alex Baratta that would end the no-hit bid. However, Ryan would get outs after the single leaving Binghamton still scoreless after eight innings.
- The Bearcats would snag a run in the top of the ninth, but McCarty would limit damage while grabbing both a save and the win.
VCU will return to action this tomorrow, March 10 as the Rams will play a doubleheader to close out the season versus Binghamton. Sunday's game was moved up a day due to weather. The twin bill is slated to begin at 12 p.m.