COLONIALS SPOIL GILLISPIE’S SUPERB OUTING  

Score: George Washington 2, VCU 1
Location: Richmond, Va. (The Diamond)
Records: VCU 28-14 (11-5 A-10), George Washington 24-18 (7-9)

The short story: VCU junior starter Connor Gillispie tossed five no-hit innings, but George Washington pushed across a couple of late runs to edge the Rams Friday night at The Diamond.

LEADING OFF

  • Gillispie struck out eight and walked just one in his five innings of work. He threw 86 pitches, including 59 for strikes
  • Sophomore catcher Hunter Vay recorded two of VCU's seven hits on the evening. He was 2-for-4 from the plate with a double
  • Junior right fielder Alex Taylor finished 1-for-3 with his first triple of the season for the Black and Gold. He scored VCU's lone run
  • Anthony Frechette was 2-for-4 with a double for George Washington
  • Trevor Kuncl picked up his first victory of the season for the Colonials with a sterling effort out of the bullpen. In four scoreless innings, Kuncl scattered two hits and a walk. He struck out three Rams

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Gillispie hit George Washington's Cade Ferguson on the first pitch of the game, and then he went to work. The righthander from Earlysville, Va. At one point, Gillispie retired 13 straight batters, including five in a row via strikeout
  • With one out in the seventh and the game tied 1-1, George Washington's Derek Ripp singled up the middle. Frechette followed with a double down the right field line to put runners at the corners. Two batters later, Cade Fergus legged out an infield single to score Ripp and provide the Colonials with a 2-1 lead they would not surrender
  • George Washington erased a 1-0 VCU lead in the sixth when Logan Doran scored on a wild pitch
  • Taylor helped break a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth when he hit a high-arching triple to the warning track down the right field line. Brett Norwood followed with a sacrifice fly to center field

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Gillispie's ERA shrank to a team-best 1.76 following Friday's performance
  • In 61.1 innings this season, Gillispie has struck out 85 and walked just 15. Opposing batters are hitting just .158 against him

NEXT UP
VCU will host George Washington in game two of a three-game set on Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. at The Diamond.