Final Score: VCU 1, Rhode Island 0 (Final/15 innings)
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 14-8, Rhode Island 5-15
The Short Story: With runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the 15th inning, the Rhode Island Rams chose to intentionally walk VCU's Zac Ching to load the bases. With two wide tosses already down, the third ball to Ching would sail high and to the backstop, allowing Daane Berezo to score the winning run as VCU extended their winning streak to 11 games in the 1-0 victory on the wild pitch.
- The Rams pitching is at the forefront of the victory, shutting out Rhode Island for all 15 innings led by the seven shutout innings from Sean Thompson. He struck out eight, allowing only two hits and four walks.
- Hayden Moore and Mac McCarty each tossed three shutout innings apiece, only allowing one hit and no walks between the pair.
- Freshman Hogan Brown led the charge with three hits, while Berezo and Paul Witt each collected two.
- Witt's two hits extended his hitting streak to 14 straight games and his on-base streak to 15 games.
- Between the two teams, no extra base hits were recorded and 25 men were left on base.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU would start the 15th with back-to-back singles from Berezo and Witt, and were both moved up by a sacrifice bunt from Lacey. That would set up the intentional walk to Ching.
- Rhode Island couldn't break the bullpen of VCU in the 14th and 15th as they stranded runners in scoring position in both innings.
- It would be the bottom of the seventh that would stand as a tough break for the Black & Gold. With a runner at second and one out, VCU couldn't get the run in, keeping the game 0-0 going into the eighth inning.
- The Black & Gold also stranded runners on second in the 10th, 11th , and 13th innings, getting them in scoring position with less than two out.
- With a runner on third in the top of the 13th, McCarty would strand the runner getting back-to-back outs to keep the status quo.
- Rhody put the most pressure on VCU in the top of the eighth inning, as they would get runners on the corners with only one out. But back-to-back strikeouts from Moore would slam the door shut, keeping the game scoreless.
- VCU threatened with a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Brown and Haiden Lamb had back-to-back singles to put a pair on. However, a strikeout would end the inning and send the game to the sixth scoreless.
- Rhode Island threatened in the fourth inning as they got a walk and single to put two on with one out. However, Thompson would get a ground ball and VCU would turn the classic 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning.
- With a leadoff walk followed by a single again in the sixth, Rhode Island was once again in position to score with nobody out. However, Thompson would get a strikeout, fly out, and another strikeout to end the inning and keep the game scoreless.
VCU will return to action Sunday, March 25 at The Diamond for Game 3 of the three-game series with Rhode Island. First pitch set for 1 p.m.