Final Score: VCU 11, UMass 1
Location: Earl Lorden Field (Amherst, Mass.)
Records: VCU 19-13 (8-1 A-10), UMass 7-16 (2-4 A-10)
The Short Story: Senior Darian Carpenter took trying to hit a ball a mile on Sunday afternoon, as he hit two baseballs that might actually have totaled a mile as his two home runs and five RBI's lifted the VCU Rams to an 11-1 win over the UMass Minutemen. Senior Logan Farrar helped fuel the firepower, while sophomore Michael Dailey spun the third straight gem on the mound over the weekend.
- Carpenter finished 2-for-5 with five RBI, two runs scored, and a walk on his resume. His home runs were his fifth and sixth of the season.
- Farrar was just as good, finishing with a team-high three hits in a 3-for-5 effort with three RBI, and three runs scored.
- Starting pitcher Michael Dailey would carry a no-hitter into the fifth inning, ending up with six innings thrown, giving up two hits, one earned run, two walks, and striking out 10.
- Haiden Lamb was the only other Ram with a multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Rams wasted no time getting on the board in the top of the first inning, as the second batter of the game, Farrar, smacked a ball over the right field fence for a solo home run, putting the Rams up 1-0.
- After Paul Witt struck out swinging but reached as the ball went to the backstop, Carpenter made the Minutemen pay. He then launched a no-doubt home run over the left field fence for a two-run home run, and the second home run for the Rams in the inning. That would put the score to 3-0.
- The top of the third inning brought the same three culprits in Farrar, Witt, and Carpenter to extend the Rams lead yet again. Farrar led the inning off with a double, followed by a single from Witt.
- With two runners on, Carpenter sent another no-doubt home run over the left field wall, a three-run homer and his second home run of the game.
- VCU added one more in the top of the fourth inning, as Farrar snagged another RBI on a ground out with the bases loaded, putting the score to 7-0.
- With a base runner on and one out in the bottom of the fourth, Dailey would get some help from catcher Dylan Isquirdo as the pair finished a double play with a strike out and caught stealing to end the threat and the inning.
- The Black & Gold would break the game open in the top of the fifth inning, as they scored four runs to take a 11-0 lead. It would be a pair of RBI singles from Farrar and Isquirdo that would highlight the offense in the inning.
- Dailey would allow his first hit of the ballgame in the bottom of the fifth, and would only give up one more along the way.
- A combination of Matt Jamer, Garrett Pearson, and Tanner Winters would take care of the Minutemen from the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. The game would be clinched by Lamb, who would climb the fence and rob a home run for out number three, sealing the win for the Rams.
VCU will return to action this Tuesday, April 11 as they travel to Charlottesville to take on the University of Virginia. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. The Cavaliers won the previous matchup this season by a final score of 4-2 at The Diamond.