Carpenter’s two home runs propel Rams to 11-5 win over Virginia, sweep UVA in season series

Final Score: VCU 11, Virginia 5
Location: Davenport Field (Charlottesville, Va.)
Records: VCU 26-12 (9-3 A-10), Virginia 24-16 (9-9 ACC)

The Short Story: The VCU Rams brought a six-game winning streak into Charlottesville on Wednesday night as they faced the Virginia Cavaliers for the second time this season. After winning their previous meeting on April 5, the Rams smacked around 14 hits at Davenport Field to sweep the season series as they rocked four home runs to an 11-5 victory on the road.
 
LEADING OFF
  • Junior Darian Carpenter had arguably his best game of the season, flexing his muscles for two home runs, finishing his night 3-for-5 with a double as well. He also had three RBI and two runs scored.
  • Logan Farrar collected a multi-hit effort, going 2-for-3 with a home run, double, and two walks. He also scored two runs and drove in two RBI.
  • Walker Haymaker had a day, going 2-for-5 with two singles and an RBI.
  • The Rams collected the win using five pitchers, with junior Luke Crabb grabbing the win for record, putting his record to 2-0 on the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED 
  • Davis got things rolling with a bang in the top of the second inning, as he smacked a solo home run over the left field wall to give VCU a 1-0 lead. 
  • Doak Dozier was able to tie things up in response in the bottom of the second, as his ground ball to second base with runners on second and third scored one, putting the score to 1-1.
  • The one run wouldn't be enough for the Hoos, as Justin Novak would bring home the other runner and more. He smacked a home run to left field off of Jonathan Ebersole, giving Virginia a 3-1 lead.
  • The top of the third brought yet another long ball, as Carpenter lined one over the left field fence for another solo shot, bringing the Rams within one, 3-2.
  • Nate Eikhoff led off the bottom of the fourth with a single. He would eventually come in to score on a Novak groundout, giving Novak his third RBI of the game and giving Virginia the 4-2 lead.
  • The Black and Gold would explode for five runs in the top of the fifth inning, as both Daane Berezo and James Bunn reached via the walk, setting up Logan Farrar with one out.
  • Farrar would line a pitch off the pitcher's foot, and deflect into shallow right field. It would allow Farrar to get to second with a double, and score a run for VCU, cutting the lead to one, 4-3.
  • After Carpenter flied out for the second out of the inning, the Rams got a break as Virginia looked to intentionally walk Matt Davis. However, Kevin Doherty threw the ball to the backstop, allowing James Bunn to score and move Farrar up to third, tying the game 4-4.
  • Davis finally reached via the intentional walk, Jimmy Kerrigan pinch hit and snagged an RBI single, followed by RBI singles from Cody Acker and Walker Haymaker as well. Rams would lead 7-4 after the inning.
  • Carpenter would keep up his groove in the top of the sixth, as he smacked his second home run of the game for a two-run shot, putting VCU up 9-4.
  • Mitchel Lacey would come in to pinch hit in the top of the seventh, and make the most of his at-bat, smacking an RBI single through the left side of the infield to push the Rams to a 10-4 lead.
  • Virginia would snag back a run in the bottom of the seventh, as Eikhoff would send a sacrifice fly out to center field with the bases loaded, bringing home Clement to put things to 10-5.
  • Matt Jamer would come on and strike out Cameron Simmons to end the threat and hold UVA to just one run in the bottom of the seventh.
  • The final blow would come in the form of Farrar, as he nailed a pitch deep to right that got over the fence for his first home run of the season, giving the Rams their 11-5 final score.

FROM THE BULLPEN 

  • Matt Davis extended his on-base streak to 13 games, which sits second most on the team this season behind Carpenter's 18-game streak.
  • The last time the Rams swept a season series against UVA was in 2003.
  • Carpenter now holds the sole lead in home runs on the team with five, jumping over teammate Matt Davis.
  • Seven other Rams collected at least one hit on the night (Bunn, Davis, Kerrigan, Acker, Berezo, Lacey, Mickelson)

WHAT'S NEXT
VCU will return to action this upcoming weekend starting this Friday, April 22 as they begin a three-game series at The Diamond against rivals Richmond. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6:30.