Rams offense held to one run, downed at Maryland 8-1

Final Score: Maryland 8, VCU 1
Location: Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium (College Park, Md.)
Records: VCU 16-8 (3-0 A-10), Maryland 12-12 (1-2 Big Ten) 

The Short Story: The VCU Rams entered Tuesday evening's matchup in College Park against the Maryland Terrapins with a 2-3 record in mid-week games through the 2016 campaign. That number skewed back in the wrong direction, as the Black and Gold struggled to find offense in a 8-1 mid-week loss to the Terps. 

LEADING OFF

  • Cody Acker provided the lone RBI with a Sac Fly in the top of the eighth inning, rounding out his day 1-for-3 with a bunt single.
  • Darian Carpenter made some noise after taking a two-game hiatus from the starting lineup, going 3-for-4 with a double.
  • Staying hot at the plate was Jimmy Kerrigan, as he went 2-for-3 on the day with a run scored and was hit by a pitch.
  • Three other Rams (James Bunn, Mitchel Lacey, and Walker Haymaker) added hits to their resume for the day.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Maryland took an early lead in the bottom of the first, as Nick Cieri drove in Nick Dunn to take a 1-0 edge on a groundout.
  • The Terps broke things open in the bottom of the second, collecting five runs to take a 6-0 lead. The inning was highlighted by a two-RBI single from Cieri, giving him three on the day.
  • After Jonathan Ebersole relieved starter Jack Alkire, Ebersole was able to aid the bleeding some with a clean third inning.
  • The fourth inning brought another pair of runs for Maryland, as Anthony Papio smacked a triple to extend the Terrapins lead to 8-0.
  • Things stayed quiet between both sides until the top of the eighth inning as the Rams finally broke though for a run. After a Jimmy Kerrigan single and Darian Carpenter double, Cody Acker skied a fly ball to left that was deep enough to score Kerrigan from third putting the score to 8-1.

FROM THE BULLPEN

  • A total of thirteen players found their way into the lineup for VCU, while the Rams sent four pitchers to the mound
  • The start for Alkire was his first of the season, and first collegiate start as well.
  • Kerrigan bumped his average back up to .374 on the season, and remains the 18th hardest player to strike out in the country.
  • The Rams left a total of 10 men on base during the contest.

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to action tomorrow, March 30, as they will play host to the Terrapins of Maryland at The Diamond with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.