Rams pour on eight runs over three innings in rain-shortened victory over VMI, 8-5

Final Score: VCU 8, VMI 5 (7 innings)
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 28-14 (10-5 A-10), VMI 18-27 (2-13 SoCon) 

The Short Story: On a night that the weather changed more than it seemed the pitchers did, the VCU Rams offense took advantage of runners on base and scored eight runs over a three-inning span and jumped to a lead they wouldn't give up. The Black and Gold would take the victory by a final score of 8-5 over the VMI Keydets. 

LEADING OFF 

  • Cooper Mickelson led the Rams offense on the night, supplying a 2-for-3 evening with two RBI and a run scored.
  • Walker Haymaker supplied the other multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.
  • Both Haiden Lamb and Logan Farrar each supplied a double and an RBI on the game as well.
  • Starting pitcher Benjamin Dum and his replacement after the first rain delay, Jonathan Ebersole, each went 3.0 scoreless innings to hold down VMI for two-thirds of the game. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU got things started early, in the bottom of the second inning. Mickelson roped a single to left center with runners on first and second, scoring one and putting the Rams up 1-0.
  • Mitchel Lacey followed suit in after Mickelson with an RBI groundout, pushing the score to 2-0 in favor of the Black and Gold.
  • The Rams added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning, as Darian Carpenter got things started with an RBI single up the middle, scoring Logan Farrar from second base after he reached with a double to start the inning.
  • The Black and Gold proceeded to score four runs with two outs, highlighted by a Mickelson RBI single, his second of the night.
  • Two more runs would score courtesy of back-to-back walks with the bases loaded following a 37-minute weather delay. The Rams would take a 7-0 lead into the top of the fourth.
  • Thanks to a Haymaker RBI single in the bottom of the fourth, VCU would take an 8-0 lead. The single would score Jimmy Kerrigan, giving him his second run scored of the night.
  • VMI made a thunderous comeback in the top of the seventh inning, putting up five runs, all coming with two outs. A bases loaded hit by pitch began the roll, followed by four runs after a VCU throwing error. Heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Rams lead was cut to three, 8-5. 

FROM THE BULLPEN

  • With Haiden Lamb in the leadoff spot in the lineup, the Rams have now improved to 5-1 in the six games he's batted from that spot. With his double, he also keeps his longest reached base streak going to 11 games.
  • Walker Haymaker tied his longest hitting streak of the season at four games.
  • Cooper Mickelson collected his seventh multi-hit game of the season, while also grabbing his third multi-RBI game of the season as well. 

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to action this weekend, beginning on Friday, April 29 when they don't stray far from Richmond. The Rams will travel to Arlington, Virginia to face off with George Washington. First pitch on Friday is at 3 p.m.