5-0 Victory Propels Black Team To 1-0 Advantage in Black & Gold World Series

The Basics

  • Score: Gold 0, Black 5 
  • Records: Gold (0-1), Black (1-0)
  • Location: The Diamond – Richmond, Va.
  • The Short Story: After several rain delays, VCU baseball was finally able to lay game one of its split squad Black and Gold World Series on Thursday. The team kicked things off with a Halloween themed costumed batting practice. The Black team was able to take a 1-0 advantage in the best of three series with a 5-0 shutout victory.

How It Happened

  • The Black team scored two runs in the first and tacked on three more in the second to pull ahead with an early 5-0 lead.
  • Matt Davis and Darian Carpenter led the charge for the Black team. Davis was 2-for-four with an RBI and a run scored. Carpenter was one-for-three but drove in two runs. Daane Berezo also had a base knock and scored two runs out of the leadoff spot.
  • Logan Farrar picked up where he left off last season with a single in his first at-bat of the game for the Gold team, but was picked off at first moments later. The centerfielder finished with two hits and a walk.
  • After a shaky start in the field, freshman shortstop Brody Cook was able to pick up a pair of hits for the Gold team.
  • The Gold team was shutdown by Black team pitching, only collecting five hits in the game.
  • Johnathan Ebersole started the game for the Black team, striking out two in 4.0 innings pitched to earn the win. Sam Donko followed will 4.0 shutout innings himself, before Eric Neiman shut the door in the ninth.
  • Brooks Vial started the game for the Gold squad, allowing five runs in 3.0 innings of work.

Quotable

  • "The story of our game was pitching. All three guys were outstanding. Ebersole gave us a great start and Donko was lights out in relief. Neiman did a nice job settling down after a leadoff walk. Offensively we were able to take advantage of some free bases in the first two innings. The Gold team will be ready to go tomorrow. We must match their intensity and focus." - Coach M.L.Morgan.

Up Next

  • The Black team will look to clinch the series with a win in Game Two this afternoon. First pitch at the Diamond is set for 2:30 p.m.