Final Score: VCU 9, Old Dominion 3
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 32-21 (14-10 A-10), Old Dominion 15-34 (7-19 C-USA)
The Short Story: After a loss to the Old Dominion Monarchs on the road last week, the VCU Rams responded by taking care of their final home game of the season in a 9-3 victory. Timely hitting from Josh Simon and Zac Ching at the bottom of the order led the Rams offensively on the night.
- Ching finished with a three-hit night, going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI, while Simon went 2-for-3 with three RBI, a run scored, and a walk.
- Daane Berezo chipped in with a multi-hit night, going 2-for-4 with an RBI
- Haiden Lamb nabbed a hit, two stolen bases, and two runs scored, while Steven Carpenter added three runs scored.
- VCU combined with four pitchers on the night, with Benjamin Dum grabbing the win. It would be his second win of the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth, as they put four runs on the board in the inning to take a 7-2 lead. With the bases loaded and no outs, Simon turned a pitch into left field to score a pair. Ching would do the same for a double into the left center gap, scoring another pair.
- Simon added to the VCU lead in the seventh getting his third RBI of the ballgame on an RBI single into center scoring one run. The Rams would get one more run before the inning was over for a 9-3 lead heading into the eighth.
- The Rams got a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth thanks to some help from Lamb's speed. With one out and Berezo at the plate, he would steal both second and third in the at-bat to get into scoring position. Berezo would sky a ball to right, scoring Lamb on the sacrifice fly.
- Ching gave VCU the 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Carpenter walked to open the inning, and was able to move up to second on a groundout. That set him up in scoring position on Ching's single to center, as he scored to give the Rams the lead.
- After Old Dominion jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first, the Rams tied things up at 1-1 in the bottom of the inning. After Lamb singled to lead off, Berezo doubled to put runners in scoring position. Witt capitalized, scoring Lamb on a groundout.
- The Monarchs big blasts of the night came off the bat of Kyle Battle in the top of the sixth and Matt Schwarz in the seventh. Battle's solo blast cut VCU's lead to 3-2 at the time, while Schwarz's solo shot put the game at 7-3.
- Dum ran into some trouble in the top of the fourth inning as he got runners on first and third with one out. However, a great play by Paul Witt cut the runner down at the plate. Dum would get a fly out to end the inning, keeping the Rams ahead 2-1.
VCU will return to action Friday, May 18 as the Rams head to Forest City, N.C. to take on the Western Carolina Catamounts in a two-game neutral site series. The games will be played at McNair Field, with first pitch Friday slated for 7 p.m.