Superb pitching in game one helps Rams to doubleheader split against Richmond

Final Score: VCU 2, Richmond 1 (Game 1)
    Richmond 6, VCU 4 (Game 2)
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 27-14 (10-5 A-10), Richmond 22-16 (8-7 A-10)

The Short Story: After dropping the first game of a three-game series on Saturday afternoon, the VCU Rams came into Sunday's doubleheader with the University of Richmond Spiders looking to take the two games and win the weekend series. At the end of the day, the Black and Gold only walked away with one win, as they split the day with the cross-town rivals. VCU own the first game 2-1, while they dropped game two by a final of 6-4 in 11 innings. 

LEADING OFF 

  • Game one starter Brooks Vial spun a gem, tossing 7.1 innings of two-hit ball, giving up only one run, four walks, and striking out five.
  • Despite taking the loss in game two, Sam Donko provided a spark in game one, coming on in relief of Vial and grabbing his 15th save of the season.
  • James Bunn had a standout performance in game two, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
  • Five other Rams (Logan Farrar, Mitchel Lacey, Matt Davis, Walker Haymaker, and Cooper Mickelson) each had a multi-hit games. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game 1 

  • Things started scoreless through three innings of play, until the Rams came to bat in the bottom of the fourth. Farrar would start things off with a triple down the right field line, and would be brought home by Darian Carpenter to make things 1-0 VCU.
  • Mitchel Lacey brought home a second run in the bottom of the fourth, as he had an infield single, scoring Carpenter to make it 2-0.
  • Richmond got on the board in the top of the fifth, as Brandon Johnson had a sacrifice fly, scoring one to cut the Rams lead to 2-1.
  • That would be all the scoring for the game, as Sam Donko came in and grabbed his 15th save of the season, wrapping up a 2-1 win for the Black and Gold. 

Game 2

  • The Rams got things started early in game two, as Matt Davis smacked a single into center field to score Bunn, giving VCU a 1-0 lead.
  • VCU found a way to put another one on the board in the second inning, as this time Bunn made the offense. He chopped a ball that got over the pitcher's mound. Beating the throw to first, Bunn grabbed a single, but the throw to get him was off line and got away, allowing Cooper Mickelson to score from third. That put the score to 2-0 in favor of the Rams.
  • Richmond responded in the top of the third inning, as Kyle Adams sent a single into center field, scoring two runs and tying the game at 2-2.
  • The bottom of the fifth saw Richmond jump ahead, as a ball up the middle was mishandled by Davis and allowed a run to score, putting UR up 3-2.
  • Michael Morman made the game 4-2 in the top of the seventh, as he rudely welcomed Luke Crabb to the game by smacking a solo home run over the left field fence.
  • Farrar would bring the game back within one, 4-3, as he drilled his second triple of the day to center field, scoring Bunn.
  • Bunn would get the equalizer in the bottom of the eighth inning, as a sacrifice fly from him would score Cody Acker and tie the game 4-4.
  • The game would go into extras and make its way all the way to the 11th inning, where a single and sacrifice fly would combine for two Richmond runs, giving them the lead they would take final, 6-4.

FROM THE BULLPEN

  • Matt Davis extended his on-base streak to 14 games, which sits second most on the team this season behind Darian Carpenter's 18-game streak.
  • Donko's save breaks Daniel Concepcion's record of 14 that was set last season in 2015.
  • In game two, both teams combined for 28 hits and 29 runners left on base.
  • The series marks only the second conference series the Rams have not won, with the only other series loss coming at Rhode Island.

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to action this Tuesday, April 26 when they play host to VMI. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.