Score: VCU 4, George Washington 3 (10 innings)
Location: Richmond, Va. (The Diamond)
Records: VCU 29-14 (12-5 A-10), George Washington 24-19, (7-10)
The short story: Junior second baseman Paul Witt ripped a walk-off single to center field in the bottom of the 10th inning, while classman Sam Ryan tossed four innings of splendid relief work to lift VCU back into the win column Saturday at The Diamond.
- Ryan surrendered just one hit and one walk in four innings, while striking out three, to improve to 3-3 on the year
- Three VCU pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts and one walk. The Rams did not surrender an earned run Saturday
- Witt finished 2-for-4 at the plate for the Rams
- George Washington starter Rich Pfluger threw 6 2/3 innings and scattered five hits. He allowed three runs, one earned
- Logan Doran and Noah Levin picked up two hits apiece for the Colonials
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Junior Steven Carpenter opened the bottom of the 10th inning with a single up the middle and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore center fielder Hogan Brown. Two batters later, Witt, who leads the team with 42 RBIs this season, laced a line drive into short center field, and pinch runner Tomas Sanchez was able to round third and beat the throw to the plate to secure the win
- VCU trailed 2-0 and 3-2, but rallied to tie the score each time. A sacrifice fly by junior Brandon Henson plated Witt in the bottom half of the sixth to knot the game at 3-3. In the third, the Rams erased a 2-0 deficit on a Brown sacrifice fly and a George Washington throwing error
- Ryan put out a fire in the seventh inning to keep VCU in striking distance. The right-hander from Clifton, Va. entered the game with a runner on first and a 3-0 count on George Washington's Anthony Frechette with no outs. Ryan promptly induced back-to-back groundouts – while another Colonial baserunner was caught stealing - to steer the Rams clear of trouble
VCU will host the Colonials Sunday in the final contest of a three-game A-10 series at The Diamond. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. and will be preceded by a ceremony to honor VCU's six seniors.