RABAT TWO-RUN BLAST LIFTS RAMS TO LATE 3-2 VICTORY OVER WAGNER

Final Score: VCU 3, Wagner 2
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 7-5 (0-0), Wagner 3-5 (0-0)

The Short Story: VCU matched up against the Wagner Seahawks in game one of a three-game set over the weekend at The Diamond. Despite falling behind 2-1 late in the game, Nick Rabat's two-run home run pumped the Rams to a 3-2 lead that would hold up for the Black and Gold's seventh win of the season.

LEADING OFF

  • Rabat led all hitters on offense with two hits on the day, including his home run and a single, with two RBI.
  • Senior Cody Acker supplied the other scoring for the Black and Gold, going 1-for-4 with an RBI in the contest.
  • The Rams collected seven walks, with a majority coming from Logan Farrar (three) and Brody Cook (two).
  • Freshman Jack Alkire collected the first win of his collegiate career, while starter Sean Thompson pitched 6.0 innings, spreading out five hits in giving up two runs, three walks, and striking out five in a no-decision. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Rams were able to load the bases right off in the bottom of the first inning, and cashed in just one with a two-out single from Acker down the left field line. That run would give VCU a 1-0 lead early.
  • The Seahawks threatened in the fifth inning, getting runners to second and third with two out. But Thompson got Nick Mascelli to ground out to end the inning and the threat.
  • Despite the holdup in the fifth, Thompson couldn't hold Wagner back in the top of the sixth, as they broke through with two runs. With runners on first and third and two out, Phil Capra roped a single down the right field line, tying the game 1-1.
  • With runners now first and second after Capra's hit, John Lynn knocked a single u the middle to score another, giving Wagner the 2-1 lead.
  • The bottom of the seventh brought some life after Daane Berezo got hit by a pitch with one out.
  • Following Berezo's hit by pitch, Rabat stepped up and smashed a 2-1 pitch over the left field fence for a two-run dinger, giving the Rams a 3-2 lead.
  • The Rams threatened to add more in the bottom of the seventh, but left the bases loaded.
  • Sam Donko once again pitched a flawless eighth and ninth innings, grabbing his third save of the season and giving VCU the win. 

FROM THE BULLPEN

  • The game was Nick Rabat's first start of the season. His home run was also his first hit of the 2016 campaign.
  • Sean Thompson faced a no-decision for the first time this season. He was 3-0 in his first three appearances over the season so far.
  • Out of the 12 pitches Donko threw over two innings, he tossed 10 for strikes. 

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to action tomorrow, Saturday, March 12 when they play game two of the current three-game set with Wagner at The Diamond. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.