CHING, STRONG DEFENSE POWERS VCU TO EIGHTH STRAIGHT WIN

Final Score: VCU 8, Marist 1
Location: Richmond, Va. (The Diamond)
Records: VCU 12-3, Marist 4-9 

The Short Story: VCU won Game One of their mid-week series with Marist 8-1 on Tuesday. Strong defensive play led the way for the Rams, who did not allow a run after the second inning. Today's win marked the eleventh win in the last twelve games for VCU, who have also won eight straight.

LEADING OFF 

  • Zac Ching led the way for the Rams offensively, posting two hits in three at-bats, to go along with a team-leading three RBIs, two runs scored, and the first VCU homerun at the Diamond this season.
  • Hogan Brown added two RBIs, one hit, and one run scored for the Rams
  • Logan Amiss provided two hits in three at-bats and scored two runs vs Marist
  • Danny Watson earned his first win of the season, and the Rams bullpen struck out ten batters overall on Tuesday.
  • VCU has scored at least six runs in seven of their last eight outings, including five in a row

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Marist scored the opening run after Rubayo's RBI double in the top of the second allowed Armitage to score. The play gave Red Foxes a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom half of the inning.
  • VCU re-tied the game in the bottom of the third on Witt's RBI single through the left side that allowed Ching to score. The play knotted the score at 1-1 early in the game.
  • VCU got the bats going in the bottom of the fourth, scoring four runs. The first two came by way of a Brown double to right field that allowed Tomas Sanchez and Logan Amiss to score. The next play, Ching hit the Rams first homerun at the Diamond this season to bring Brown across the plate.
  • The Rams extended their lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the fifth after Amiss scored on a wild pitch.
  • The sixth and seventh was a defensive battle on both sides, as neither team managed to score a run. The Rams entered the eight inning leading 6-1.
  • Sanchez and Josh Simon were both able to score in the bottom of the eighth to extend VCU's lead to 8-1. Ching and Brett Norwood each earned RBIs for the plays.
  • VCU's defense continued its strong play in the ninth inning, forcing three quick Marist outs to preserve the win.

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will be back in action tomorrow, March 13, for the second game of a two-game series with Marist. That matchup is slated for 3:00 p.m., at the Diamond in Richmond, Va.