Cook delivers walk-off knock in Rams 3-2 extra innings win over St. Bonaventure

Final Score: VCU 3, St. Bonaventure 2
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 15-7 (2-0), St. Bonaventure 9-7-1 (0-2)

The Short Story: After an interesting game one on Friday night, the VCU Rams and St. Bonaventure Bonnies squared off at The Diamond for game two of the three-game series on Saturday afternoon. It would be another wild finish between the squads, as Brody Cook delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Black and Gold the 3-2 win, improving their conference record to 2-0 on the season.

LEADING OFF 

  • Cook finished his day at 1-for-4 with his one hit and RBI. He also added in a walk earlier in the game.
  • Senior Cody Acker made the best of his plate appearances with a 1-for-4 day as well, adding in a walk.
  • Both Logan Farrar and Daane Berezo collected a hit apiece, while James Bunn reached base twice with a pair of walks.
  • Starting pitcher Brooks Vial gutted through 6.1 innings, surrendering six hits, two runs (all earned), with five walks and eight strikeouts.
  • Reliever Matt Jamer ultimately got the win, improving his record to 4-1 on the season. He tossed a scoreless 5.0 innings in relief, giving up on ly three hits and one walk, while striking out three.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • After threatening with runners on second and third in the top of the first, St. Bonaventure opened up the scoring in the top of the second. With the bases loaded and two out, Cole Peterson knocked a single into center field in front of Farrar, scoring two and giving the Bonnies a 2-0 lead early.
  • VCU got back into the game in the bottom of the second, as Matt Davis led off the inning with a walk. After two fly outs, Berezo knocked a single up the middle to put two men on.
  • After both moved up on a wild pitch, Davis scored on yet a wild pitch. With Davis sliding to the plate, a wild throw from catcher Tommy LaCongo allowed Berezo to keep trucking around third and score, tying the game at 2-2.
  • The middle innings turned into a pitching duel between Vial and Brandon Schlimm, as both sides went scoreless through the following seven frames through the ninth inning.
  • The Rams relieved Vial in the seventh inning with one out, bringing in Tanner Winters to record the final two outs of the inning.
  • St. Bonaventure threatened in the eighth inning against Jamer, getting runners to second and third. However, Sam Fuller popped up to Brody Cook at third to end the inning.
  • Jamer came in and pitched a scoreless five innings from the eighth through the 12th.
  • Haiden Lamb dropped in a single to lead off the bottom of the 12th inning, followed by Davis putting down a bunt to advance him to second.
  • After an intentional walk to Acker, Cook stepped up and roped a single into center field. With Lamb and Acker both on the move on the pitch, Lamb scored easily from second, giving the Rams the 3-2 walk-off win. 

FROM THE BULLPEN

  • The game marked the second time the Rams have played in extra innings this season, collecting a 2-0 record in those games. Both games were played at The Diamond, with the last one coming in a March 6 win over Marist in 13 innings.
  • Jamer now only trails teammate Sam Donko (13) in appearances with 11 on the season.
  • The Rams have now won four in a row, all coming at The Diamond. At home, VCU now has a 9-2 record in Richmond.
  • The Bonnies had a tough time bringing runners around to score, stranding a total of 12 men on base during the game. 

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to action tomorrow, March 27, when they take on St. Bonaventure in game three of the three-game series at The Diamond. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.