Carpenter goes deep, Rams upended at home in 3-1 loss to Old Dominion

Final Score: Old Dominion 3, VCU 1
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 6-5 (0-0), Old Dominion 10-2 (0-0) 

The Short Story: VCU met former rival Old Dominion in a mid-week matchup on Wednesday night at The Diamond. Despite strong a strong pitching effort, the Rams failed to generate significant offense in a 3-1 loss to the Monarchs.

LEADING OFF

  • Logan Farrar led all Rams with two hits in a 2-for-4 day with two singles.
  • The big blow and Rams only run came on a solo home run from Darian Carpenter, his second home run of the season.
  • Freshman Benjamin Dum got the start, and despite taking the loss, pitched 4.0 innings, scattering three hits, one run, two walks, and striking out three.
  • Matt Jamer came in relief of Dum, tossing two innings of three hit ball, holding the Monarchs scoreless over the pair of frames.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Old Dominion threatened with a two out walk in the bottom of the first, but a nice play by catcher Brett Hileman against the screen collected the final out of the inning.
  • The Monarchs would strike for the first run of the ballgame in the top of the third, with two out it all began with a single by Connor Myers. He then proceeded to steal second, and scoring on a double by Zach Rutherford. The run gave Old Dominion a 1-0 lead.
  • The top of the fourth brought more problems for the Rams, as Old Dominion almost broke out for a big inning. But Dum pitched out of a bases-loaded jam, with help from a nice play by Brody Cook to cut down a lead runner at third, keeping the score 1-0.
  • Jamer came in for the fifth, and pitched himself out of a jam, getting the third out with runners stranded on second and third.
  • Play stayed close until the eighth inning, when Old Dominion grabbed a second run thanks to a solo home run from Kurt Sinnen to lead off the inning. The Monarchs then took a 2-0 lead to the bottom of the eighth.
  • Carpenter responded right back in the bottom of the frame, as he knocked a solo shot over the left field fence to bring the Rams back within a run at 2-1.
  • The Monarchs collected a third run in the top of the ninth, thanks to an RBI single from Nick Walker scored Myers, who reached on an error to begin the inning. The ODU score then stood at 3-1 going to the bottom of the ninth.
  • Despite giving up the home run to Carpenter, Nick Hartman pitched a clean bottom of the ninth after giving up a lead off single to Jimmy Kerrigan, giving the Monarchs the win, 3-1. 

FROM THE BULLPEN

  • Seven batters from the VCU starting lineup collected at least one hit in the contest
  • The Rams collected exactly one hit every inning except for the first inning where they went without one.
  • VCU collected only one walk on the game, and were hit by no pitches.
  • Nine total pitchers toed the rubber on the evening, with five for Old Dominion and four for VCU.

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to action this Friday, March 11 when they begin a three-game series at The Diamond against the Wagner Seahawks. Friday's matchup will begin at 3 p.m.