Final Score: VCU 6, George Mason 4
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 25-14 (9-5 A-10), George Mason 16-21 (7-4 A-10)
The Short Story: It was the Sean Thompson show on Saturday afternoon at The Diamond, as the senior right-hander tossed 7.1 innings of no-hit baseball before losing the bid in the eighth inning as the VCU Rams defeated the George Mason Patriots by a final score of 6-4.
- Thompson cruised though eight innings on on 86 pitches, giving up only two hits at the conclusion of his outing and striking out seven.
- Both Paul Witt and Steve Carpenter helped fuel the offense, each grabbing two hits on the afternoon with an RBI. Carpenter also added a double walk to reach three times in the contest.
- Mitchel Lacey finished his day 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a hit by pitch.
- Hogan Brown, Zac Ching, and Brett Willett all added RBI's on the game as well.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Thompson was in charge through the first five innings, holding the Patriots hitless on only 44 pitches.
- The senior continued his dominance into the eighth inning, as he would give up his first hit with one out to Alejandro Aponte. However, the hit would snowball into three runs over the inning, highlighted a by a triple from Michael Smith just one batter later.
- VCU got on the board in the bottom of the third, as Lamb reached on a one out single. He would move to second on a balk.
- Brown capitalized, as he singled up the middle to score Lamb to make the game 1-0. Brown would then score on an RBI single from Witt to put the Rams up 2-0 after the third.
- Willett added to the VCU lead in the bottom of the sixth, as his RBI single to center scored Lacey from second, giving the Rams a 3-0 lead. A Ching groundout also added a run as well to make it 4-0 by the end of the inning.
- Carpenter added the dagger in the bottom of the seventh inning, as he smoked a double over the head of the George Mason left fielder, scoring Lacey from first on the play to go up 5-0.
- Thompson fought some hard counts in the top of the sixth, but was able to end the inning on a strikeout on a 3-2 count to Frank Sturek.
- A pair of wild pitches in the ninth would help George Mason grab another run, but that's all they would get as Mac McCarty nailed down the ballgame with his 14th save of the season.
VCU will return to action Sunday, April 22 when they return to The Diamond to play host to the George Mason Patriots for Game 3 of the three-game Atlantic 10 series. First pitch for Game 3 on Saturday is set for 1 p.m.