Final Score: VCU 3, #17 East Carolina 0
Location: Clark-LeClair Stadium (Greenville, N.C.)
Records: VCU 9-8, East Carolina 12-4
The Short Story: The VCU Rams extended their winning streak to five games in a big way on Tuesday afternoon, as they defeated the 17th ranked East Carolina Pirates by a final score of 3-0. A combination of Connor Gillispie, Michael Dailey, and Benjamin Dum held the Pirates to three hits in the scoreless contest.
- Josh Simon reached base three times in the game, going 1-for-2 with a walk, hit by pitch, RBI, and run scored.
- Paul Witt added in a 1-for-4 effort with a pair of RBI.
- Daane Berezo had the only multi-hit game in the VCU lineup, going 2-for-5.
- Benjamin Dum picked up his second save of the season, going the final three innings.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU would get the first hit of the ballgame from Berezo in the top of the first, and would get a couple base runners on hit by pitches, but nothing would come of it through the first three innings of play.
- Gillispie rolled through the first three innings tossing scoreless baseball, only giving up his second hit in the month of March.
- The Rams struck first in the top of the fifth inning, as a Josh Simon hit by pitch got the ball rolling. Hogan Brown followed with a single, then a bunt that was thrown away for an error loaded the bases with one out.
- Witt would get the breakthrough knock with two away, as his liner to left died down left center to score a pair of runs, putting VCU up 2-0.
- Simon was the contributor on the third run just an inning later, as his RBI single straight back up the middle scored Zac Ching, who reached to lead off the inning on a single. The score would stand 3-0 from that point.
- Benjamin Dum came into the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, and took the Rams through the finish line for their fifth straight win.
- However, despite only giving up three hits, ECU put runners at second and third with one out in the ninth. But a pop up and a groundout induced by Dum ended the threat and the ballgame.
VCU will return to action this tomorrow, March 14 when they face off against Lafayette at The Diamond. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.