Rams knock out season-high 19 hits in 12-5 road victory over William & Mary

Final Score: VCU 12, William & Mary 5
Location: Plumeri Park (WIlliamsburg, Va.)
Records: VCU 22-12, William & Mary 15-17

The Short Story: The VCU Rams didn't stray too far from home on Wednesday evening, as they traveled to The College of William & Mary to square off against the Tribe. The Black and Gold churned out a season-high 19 hits in a 12-4 romping of W&M, extending their current winning streak to three games. 

LEADING OFF

  • Darian Carpenter lit up the scoreboard with a 3-for-5 night, leading the team with four RBI and three runs scored.
  • Pacing the Rams in the hit column was Matt Davis, who finished a team-best 4-for-6 with an RBI and run scored.
  • Haiden Lamb and Logan Farrar each made some noise at the top of the lineup. Lamb finished with a 4-for-5 evening, scoring two runs and stealing two bases. Farrar made his night with a 2-for-4 line, hitting a triple, getting hit by a pitch, stealing a base, and scoring three runs.
  • Cooper Mickelson and Zac Ching each finished with multi-hit games at the bottom of the order, each collecting a double and RBI as well.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU snagged the early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Haiden Lamb got things started with a single, and preceded to create havoc on the base paths. He stole second and advanced to third as the throw snuck into center field. Darian Carpenter then roped a single through the left side of the infield, scoring Lamb for his 15th RBI of the season.
  • The tables would turn in the bottom of the second, as William & Mary would put up a three-run inning off of starting pitcher Benjamin Dum. Tim Hoehn would get things rolling with an RBI double, followed by back-to-back outs that led to runs.
  • However, the Black and Gold struck back with a three-run inning of their own in the top of the third, as Carpenter knocked a single into center field to score Logan Farrar, cutting the lead to one run, 3-2.
  • Walker Haymaker would step up with two outs and runners on second and third. He would come through with a big single to center, scoring both Jimmy Kerrigan and Carpenter to give VCU a 4-3 lead.
  • The Tribe brought things equal in the bottom of the third, as they put one on the board via a double by Charley Gould, bringing things to 4-4.
  • After a scoreless fourth inning, the Rams truck for a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning, capped by an RBI double from Cooper Mickelson to put VCU up 6-4.
  • The Rams weren't done, as they put up five runs in the top of the sixth inning, highlighted by an RBI double from Zac Ching. The offensive outburst gave the Black and Gold an 11-4 advantage.
  • To cap off their night, VCU put up one more in the seventh inning, as Farrar led off with a triple to the right field corner. Carpenter then proceeded to score Farrar with a hard hit grounder to short, putting the Rams up 12-4.

FROM THE BULLPEN 

  • Seven of the nine starters in the lineup produced a hit.
  • The pitcher of record went for VCU was Luke Crabb, who got the win, putting his record to 1-0. The win is his first in black and gold.
  • The 19 hits from the Black and Gold topped their previous high of 13 from last Sunday, 4/10 at Rhode Island.
  • The Rams now improve their mid-week record to 5-5, and have put together a three-game win streak in mid-week games dating back to 4/5 versus Virginia. 

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to action this weekend for a three-game series beginning on Friday, April 15 as the Rams head to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on the LaSalle Explorers. First pitch for Friday's duel is scheduled for 3 p.m.