Vial tosses complete game shutout as Rams complete weekend sweep of Marist

Final Score: VCU 3, Marist 0
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 6-4, Marist 2-7 

The Short Story: VCU faced off against the Marist Red Foxes in game three of a three game set at The Diamond. Thanks to a complete game shutout from Brooks Vial, the Rams completed the sweep of the boys from Poughkeepsie by a final score of 3-0.

LEADING OFF 

  • Brooks Vial pitched a complete game, five-hit shutout in getting the victory for the Rams. He struck out four, walking only one in facing 31 batters on the day. He also threw only 83 pitches in lowering his season ERA to 3.27.
  • Mitchel Lacey led the offense, as he was one of two Rams with two hits on the night. However, Lacey provided an RBI to his tally on the day.
  • Logan Farrar finished with two hits and a run scored, while Haiden Lamb made the best of his first start of the season by going 1-for-4 with an RBI and a walk.
  • Matt Davis, Brett Hileman, and Brody Cook each also added one hit apiece in the contest. 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • The Rams got into a jam in the top of the third, as Vial gave up back-to-back singles after striking out the first batter of the inning. But Vial was able to get a ground ball, where Cook turned a double play at the bag to end the inning.
  • VCU threatened in the bottom of the fifth, after getting Cook to second on a double and a walk by Lamb. However, Lacey struck out to end the inning, keeping things scoreless.
  • The Black & Gold finally broke through in the bottom of the seventh, as Farrar began the inning with a single, followed by a single from Brett Hileman on a hit and run. After Cook walked, that loaded the bases.
  • Lamb made the best of the ducks on the pond, as he put down a safety squeeze that was misplayed by the pitcher, resulting in a hit and moving everyone up one. That would be all the Rams would need, giving them the 1-0 lead.
  • Lacey followed up Lamb's at bat with a smoke to center, scoring Hileman from third to make the score 2-0 in favor of VCU.
  • The last score of the game would come unearned in the bottom of the eighth, after Matt Davis walked to start the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Farrar would follow up a grounder to second base that he would beat out to first base. However, the throw was off line, and allowed Davis to score from third giving VCU a 3-0 advantage.

FROM THE BULLPEN

  • The game totaled a season-low 2 hours, seven minutes. It is so far the quickest game of the year for the Rams.
  • Vial kept Marist off the base paths, as they only left only four men on base.
  • Brody Cook improved his batting average to a team-best .393 (min. 15 at-bats).

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to action this Wednesday, March 9 when they play host to former rival Old Dominion at 3 p.m. at the Diamond.