Carpenter three-run homer sparks offense, defeats #14 Virginia 7-5

Final Score: VCU 7, #14 Virginia 5
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 19-10, Virginia 18-12 

The Short Story: Tuesday night brought the 2016 "Duel at The Diamond" to Richmond as the VCU squared off against #14 nationally ranked Virginia Cavaliers. Thanks to six total runs scored between the fifth and sixth innings, the Rams stunned UVA with a 7-5 win.

LEADING OFF 

  • The Rams fed off the offense of Darian Carpenter and Logan Farrar. Carpenter led the way with a 3-for-4 night, solidifying the win with a three-run home run.
  • Farrar had a 3-for-4 night as well, adding in a double and scoring all three times he reached base.
  • Cooper Mickelson helped make the clock tick, putting together a 2-for-3 night with two RBI.
  • Zac Ching collected a hit in his first appearance since February, adding a run scored as well.
  • Starting pitcher Jonathan Ebersole collected his third win of the season, going 5.0 innings, giving up five hits, one run, and not allowing a walk.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Virginia got things rolling in the bottom of the second inning, as Ryan Karstetter put a ground ball in play for a fielder's choice, scoring Pavin Smith to but UVA up 1-0.
  • VCU found their way into the run column in the bottom of the third inning, as Mickelson put a single through the left side of the infield, scoring Farrar to tie the game at 1-1.
  • Thanks to a ground ball from Jimmy Kerrigan with Farrar on third in the bottom of the fifth, the Rams put up another one as Farrar broke for the plate on the crack of the bat. He slid safely into home to put VCU up 2-1.
  • The big punch of the inning belonged to Carpenter, who smacked the first pitch off new reliever Tyler Shambora over the left center field wall for a three-run home run, extending the Rams lead out to 5-1.
  • The Rams added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth, as a balk brought home Farrar and another RBI single from Mickelson for a total of two more runs. That would put the score to 7-1 in favor of VCU.
  • UVA fought back with a pair in the top of the seventh inning, as Adam Haseley smashed a two-run home run off of Tanner Winters putting the score to 7-3.
  • However, the Cavaliers would threaten in the top of the ninth by scoring two runs. However, Matt Jamer was able to close the door and hold on for the 7-5 win. 

FROM THE BULLPEN

  • Matt Davis sparked the Rams with his defense once again, making a nice diving play up the middle to end an inning. Jimmy Kerrigan also made a diving catch in right, keeping UVA at bay.
  • The Rams victory over Virginia is their first since 2003, going 0-16 in the past 16 tries.
  • VCU only drew one walk the entire contest, while the Rams combined four pitchers only allowed three all game.
  • Both teams had bases loaded opportunities in the game, but neither side converted big innings with their opportunity.

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to action this weekend, beginning on Friday, April 8 as the Rams travel to Rhode Island to take on another set of Rams for a three-game set. First pitch on Friday is set for 3 p.m.