Haymaker home run puts up lone score, Black and Gold fall at Rhode Island, 5-1

Final Score: Rhode Island 5, VCU 1
Location: Bill Beck Field (Kingston, R.I.)
Records: VCU 19-11 (5-2), Rhode Island 10-13 (3-1) 

The Short Story: It was a brisk and windy day on Friday afternoon, as the VCU Rams made their way up to Rhode Island to face the Rams of URI. The Black and Gold couldn't get anything going on offense in Rhody, falling in the "Battle of the Rams, Part One" by a final score of 5-1.

LEADING OFF

  • Matt Davis led the offense with two hits on the day, going 2-for-4 with two singles.
  • Catcher Walker Haymaker dropped the big blow for the Rams on the day, hitting a solo home run for the only VCU run, finishing with a 1-for-3 game.
  • Both James Bunn and Logan Farrar collected a hit, finishing as the only other Rams with a hit in the starting lineup.
  • Starting pitcher Sean Thompson collected his first loss of the season, going 6.0 innings, giving up nine hits, four earned funs, walking two and only striking out two. 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Rhode island got things started in the bottom of the first inning, as Martin Figueroa doubled just two batters in, followed by a single by Jordan Powell to give URI a 1-0 lead.
  • Thanks to a home run from Mike Corin, Rhode Island got another one on the board in the bottom of the second. That shot would give URI a 2-0 lead.
  • URI would push the score to 4-0 in the bottom of the third, as Ryan Olmo smoked a single into center, scoring both Chris Hess and Figeroa.
  • VCU finally got on the board in the top of the fifth inning, as Walker Haymaker blasted a solo shot over the right field fence to make the score 4-1.
  • However, Rhode Island responded to the VCU run by putting another one up to their advantage, as a passed ball with two out scored Hess to pump the score to 5-1 in favor of URI.
  • That score would stay put through the top of the ninth, as Mark Silvestri pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning to seal the deal for Rhode Island. 

FROM THE BULLPEN

  • The Rams now fall to 5-2 in Atlantic 10 Conference play, dropping them two games behind leader Saint Louis.
  • Daane Berezo dropped in a hit off the bench in the 9th inning, making it back-to-back games he's contributed with a hit off the bench.
  • Freshman Zac Ching showed off the leather in the bottom of the seventh, getting the third out by diving to his right on a sharp liner by Ryan Olmo, and getting up and throwing to first to record the out. 

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to action tomorrow, Saturday, April 9 as the Rams are back in Rhode Island to face URI in game two of a three-game set. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.