Early momentum cut down by URI long ball, Rams drop 7-3 at Rhode Island

Final Score: Rhode Island 7, VCU 3
Location: Bill Beck Field (Kingston, R.I.)
Records: VCU 19-12 (5-3), Rhode Island 11-13 (4-1) 

The Short Story: After dropping the first game of the three game series against the Rhode Island Rams, the VCU Rams were back at URI for the second game of the series. The results didn't end up any better than Friday, as the Rams failed to put together any offense pas the third inning as they were defeated by Rhode Island, 7-3.

LEADING OFF 

  • Matt Davis and James Bunn each collected a pair of hits and an RBI on the game, as both finished 2-for-4. Bunn added a run scored.
  • Jimmy Kerrigan collected a 1-for-3 day with a walk and run scored.
  • Dylan Isquirdo brought home a 1-for-4 day with a run scored.
  • Starting pitcher Brooks Vial took his third loss of the season, as he went 7.0 innings, giving up eight hits, five earned runs, one walk, and five strikeouts.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • VCU jumped on top early in the first inning, as Darian Carpenter skied a fly ball to right center field with two out. As it seemed the inning would end, the ball fell out of the glove of URI right fielder Mike Foley, allowing a run to score and putting VCU up 1-0.
  • Rhode Island was able to equal the score in the bottom of the first, as it was a VCU error with two outs that extended the inning, allowing Ryan Olmo to drive in a run with an RBI single. That evened up the score at 1-1.
  • However, the Black and Gold took the advantage in the top of the second, as James Bunn and Matt Davis each roped an RBI single in the innings, putting up the score to 3-1.
  • The bottom of the third brought the shift in momentum, as Martin Figueroa smashed a three-run home run off of Brooks Vial to allow URI to leap frog into the lead, 4-3.
  • URI added another run in the bottom of the fourth and bottom of the fifth, as a fielder's choice off the bat from Chris Hess scored one in the fourth, while a groundout from Chase Livingston in the fifth scored the other.
  • Rhody put up another to pad their lead in the bottom of the seventh, as a suicide squeeze bunt from Olmo scored Figueroa to pump the lead to 7-3.
  • VCU finally got a leadoff runner on in the top of the ninth inning in Cooper Mickelson, but was quickly eliminated on a tough read line drive that was caught by the pitcher, shutting down any momentum VCU had going into the ninth.

FROM THE BULLPEN 

  • VCU grounded out a total of 17 times, compared to three fly outs.
  • The Black and Gold failed to get a leadoff base runner on in eight of nine innings, while the pitching staff allowed a leadoff runner on in five of the eight innings.
  • Both teams failed to convert an opportunity with the bases loaded.
  • The Rams did not turn in an extra base hit in their six on the game.

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to action tomorrow, Sunday, April 10 as the Rams are back in Rhode Island to face URI in game three of a three-game set. First pitch is set for 12 p.m.