Final Score: VCU 13, Presbyterian 2
Location: PC Baseball Complex (Clinton, S.C.)
Records: VCU 35-16, Presbyterian 24-26
The Short Story: Hits were flying around the PC Baseball Complex on Saturday afternoon, as the VCU Rams opened up for 19 hits totaling 13 runs. The offensive production would lead the Rams to their 35th win of the season, a 13-2 defeat of the Presbyterian Blue Hose in game two of the weekend series.
- The four through six spots in the lineup went for a combined nine hits, as Matt Davis, Jimmy Kerrigan, and Cody Acker each collected three hits apiece. Davis put up a 3-for-5 day with a home run, two RBI, three runs scored. Kerrigan put up a 3-for-6 effort with a home run, RBI, and two run scored. Acker provided a 3-for-4 day with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored.
- Darian Carpenter pumped up the power with a home run in a 1-for-4 day, scoring two runs and an RBI.
- Cooper Mickelson paced the offense with four RBI, as he went 2-for-3 with a double.
- The other two Rams with a multi-hit day were Logan Farrar and Dylan Isquirdo. Farrar finished 2-for-4 with a double, RBI, and run scored. Isquirdo went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Presbyterian put the Rams against the wall early on in the bottom of the second inning. Rob Koski was able to square up a Brooks Vial delivery, smacking it over the left field fence for a two-run home run giving Presbyterian a 2-0 lead.
- However, the Rams grabbed the lead in the top of the fourth inning. Cody Acker got the party started with a double down the right field line, scoring Matt Davis and putting Jimmy Kerrigan at third.
- During Isquirdo's at-bat following Acker's RBI knock, a wild pitch would tie things at 2-2 as Kerrigan was able to score from third base.
- Still with nobody out, Mickelson lifted a fly ball to center field that would be caught. However, the play would score Acker from third, bumping the Rams to a 3-2 lead that they would not surrender the rest of the game.
- The bottom of the fifth would be the opening of the floodgates, as it would be the back-to-back-to-back home runs of Carpenter, Davis, and Kerrigan that would give VCU a 6-2 lead. The three straight home runs set possibly the best run of offense so far this season.
- Before the inning was over, Mickelson would chime in again with another RBI on the game. He would shoot a single through the right side, scoring Acker once again and giving VCU a 7-2 lead.
- VCU would top their performance in the fifth inning with a five-run sixth inning that was all started by a single from Davis with the bases loaded, pushing the score to 8-2.
- After a sacrifice fly from Acker to score Farrar, both Isquirdo and Mickelson each provided RBI hits. That gave the Black and Gold a 12-2 lead.
- With some quiet innings through the seventh and eighth, the Rams struck for one final run in the top of the ninth inning as Farrar drove the two-bagger to center scoring Davis. The run would give VCU the 13-2 final score as Tanner Winters shut down Presbyterian in the bottom of the ninth.
VCU will return to action next tomorrow, May 15, for game three of the three game series, as the Rams will face off against Presbyterian. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.