Freshman hurler spins career-game, tosses 8.2 innings of no-hit ball in Rams 3-0 win

Final Score: VCU 3, George Washington 0
Location: Tucker Field (Arlington, Va.)
Records: VCU 29-14 (11-5 A-10), George Washington 19-24 (8-5 A-10)

The Short Story: As the sun never appeared during an overcast conference matchup between the VCU Rams and George Washington Colonials, the Black and Gold had a performance shine on the mound in freshman Michael Dailey. The young hurler brought the heat in 8.2 innings, one out away from a no-hitter before surrendering an infield hit. However, the blip in the box score was a minor detail in the 3-0 pitching-dominated win for the Rams.

LEADING OFF 

  • Dailey's final stat line read at 8.2 innings of scoreless ball, giving up one hit, one walk, striking out two, and throwing 84 pitches.
  • Freshman Zac Ching provided the big spark, finishing with a 1-for-3 day with a double and two RBI.
  • Both Logan Farrar and Cooper Mickelson were the only Rams to reach base multiple times. Mickelson had a 1-for-2 day with a run scored with a walk and a HBP. Farrar finished 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • Haiden Lamb and Walker Haymaker were the only other Rams with hits in the contest.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU got things started quickly, and early. As the Rams got three of their first four batters on, Jimmy Kerrigan sent a fly ball to right field for a sacrifice fly and RBI, scoring Haiden Lamb for a 1-0 lead.
  • The Rams added two more runs in the top of the second inning, as Zac Ching found the left center gap after Walker Haymaker and Cooper Mickelson each reached with back-to-back singles. The gap shot brought the pair home, giving the Rams a 3-0 lead.
  • Both squads went silent through the middle innings, mostly in part to some nice defense. Matt Davis made a play up the middle, fielding and spinning to throw the runner out at first to end the bottom of the sixth inning.
  • With three outs remaining, Dailey received a brilliant diving play from Lamb in left, keeping the no-hit bid in tact.
  • With two outs and two strikes on GW leadoff hitter Joey Bartosic, Dailey threw a slider down and away. Bartosic rolled it over to shortstop Matt Davis, who had to charge the slow grounder. As Davis threw to first, Bartosic crossed the bag before the ball got there, breaking up the no-hitter.
  • The Black and Gold elected to then go to the bullpen and leaving the game to their national saves leader, Sam Donko. The junior only needed one pitch to get a fly out from Robbie Metz, clinching his 16th save of the season and the win for VCU. 

FROM THE BULLPEN

  • Dailey's performance now passes that of fellow rotation-mate Sean Thompson, who carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning two weeks ago at LaSalle, only to have it broken up with one out in the 7th inning.
  • Donko's save keeps him as the nation's leader in saves with 16.
  • Seven of Dailey's 26 outs came via fly ball to Logan Farrar in center field.

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to action tomorrow, Saturday, April 30 when they face off with George Washington for a doubleheader, getting in games two and three of the series. First pitch on is set for 12 p.m.