Final Score: Richmond 4, VCU 2
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 28-18 (11-8 A-10), Richmond 23-19 (9-7 A-10)
The Short Story: It was a night of tough breaks for the VCU Rams, as they held a no-hit bid into the eighth inning over the Richmond Spiders. But, a small dose of offense from the cross-town Spiders generated a pair of runs to tie the game and send the ballgame to extra innings. It would be there, in the 13th inning, Richmond would score to more as the Rams fell 4-2 in Game 1 of the three-game weekend series.
- Hogan Brown maintained his hot streak, leading the Rams with a 3-for-4 night with a double.
- Steven Carpenter also collected a multi-hit effort with a 2-for-5 game, adding adouble as well.
- Daane Berezo added a pair of walks to reach twice, as Haiden Lamb and Mitchel Lacey chipped in with a single apiece.
- Connor Gillispie tossed four no-hit innings to start the ballgame, walking only one and striking out three batters. Sam Ryan would add six strike outs in his 3.1 innings of work.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU broke the ice in the bottom of the seventh inning. A wild pitch with runners on second and third brought home Lacey to give VCU a 1-0 lead. Josh Simon padded the lead with a sacrifice fly one batter later for a 2-0 lead.
- After being no-hit for the first seven innings of the game, the Spiders broke up the VCU no-no in a big way as Tyler Plantier followed up a walk to Sage Bruhl with a double down the left field line for the first Spiders run of the ballgame. That hit would be the first hit for Richmond in the game.
- As it looked VCU would get out of the inning only allowing one run, an error with two outs brought home the second run to tie the ballgame at 2-2.
- After five more scoreless frames from both sides, Richmond grabbed the lead for good in the top of the 13th inning as a bunt single from D.J. Lee scored Justin Cook. A double from Vinny Capra brought some Lee to make it 4-2. VCU would go 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning to end the ball game.
- It looked like the Rams would score in the bottom of the sixth inning, as they were able to load the bases with one out. However, a line drive off the bat of Paul Witt would be caught right by second base, also doubling up the runner for an inning-ending double play.
VCU will return to action Saturday, May 5 as they will take on the Richmond Spiders in Game 2 of the three-game series. First pitch on Saturday is set for 2 p.m.