Final Score: VCU 1, Saint Louis 0 (Game 1)
VCU 5, Saint Louis 1 (Game 2)
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 32-16 (14-6 A-10), Saint Louis 20-27 (10-7 A-10)
The Short Story: With plenty at stake in the Atlantic 10 standings coming into the weekend, the VCU Rams and Saint Louis Billikens prepared to face off in twin bill fashion on Saturday afternoon. With timely hitting and solid pitching, the Rams were able to come out on top in both games, taking the series victory in day one with 1-0 and 5-1 victories over Saint Louis.
- Both Michael Dailey and Brooks Vial tossed solid games for VCU, each earning a victory in their respective game. Dailey went 8.0 innings, giving up four hits, one walk, and had seven strikeouts. Vial went 7.0 innings, giving up three hits, one earned run, four walks, and struck out seven.
- Logan Farrar was a monster in game two, providing a 4-for-4 effort with a double, RBI, and run scored. He ended his day with five hits total.
- Haiden Lamb and Matt Davis each collected a single hit in both of the contests on the afternoon. Davis also added an RBI in game two.
- Walker Haymaker had the game-winning base hit that would hold up as the only run in game one, finishing 2-for-3 with the RBI.
- Jimmy Kerrigan also powered in a strong game two performance, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU broke the ice in the bottom of the second inning, as Haymaker smashed a ball up the middle off the glove of the second baseman on a hit and run, giving him an RBI single. The hit would score Davis, giving the Rams an early 1-0 lead.
- Dailey would cruise through the Saint Louis batting order, keeping them at bay through eight innings of work.
- Sam Donko would come in for the ninth inning, and get the Billikens in order to lock in his 17th save of the season.
- It would be the Billikens getting on the board first in game two, as Trent Leimkuehler drew a bases loaded walk against Vial. That would force in a run, giving Saint Louis the early 1-0 lead.
- The Rams fought back in the bottom of the first, as the Rams got runners on first and third with one out. Davis would send a fly ball to right field, scoring Farrar from third and tying the game at 1-1.
- Later in the inning, the Rams would jump on top as Kerrigan sent a line drive into left for a base hit, scoring Darian Carpenter from second. It would give VCU a 2-1 lead.
- After Lamb reached on an error to open up the bottom of the third, Farrar followed it up with a double down the right field line. The hit would cash in Lamb and put the Rams up 3-1.
- VCU would get another pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Cooper Mickelson and Lamb
- Matt Jamer would take over for Vial in the top of the eighth inning, and pitch his way through two innings of hitless baseball, shutting the door and clinching game two.
VCU return to action this tomorrow, May 8, for the third and final game of the three-game set with Saint Louis at The Diamond. The Rams will honor their senior student athletes, as it is also their final home game of the season. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.