RICHMOND, Va. – Not much went right for Virginia Commonwealth University Friday evening as the Rams fell 15-2 against William & Mary in the first game of a three-game series at The Diamond.
VCU drops its first Colonial Athletic Association contest of the season and slips to 13-13 overall and 3-1 in CAA play, while William & Mary has won 11 of its last 14 games and improves to 16-8, 3-1.
Senior Richard Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a walk to lead the VCU. Classmate Joe Van Meter, who went 1-for-4 at the plate, extended his hitting streak to 10 games and put the Rams on the board in the eighth with a two-RBI single.
William & Mary starting pitcher Logan Billbrough took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Gonzalez roped a one-out double off the right field wall.
VCU sent no more than four batters to the plate in every inning except the eighth when the Rams got on the board with a pair of runs.
William & Mary held a 4-0 lead after its first two trips to the plate before starter Blake Hauser settled down and struck out the side in the third inning.
However, the right hander ran into trouble again in the fourth as the Tribe scored six more runs on just three hits to take a 10-0 advantage. Hauser, who walked eight and hit three batters in 3.2 innings, was relieved by Aaron Morgan. The redshirt-junior struck out the Tribe's leading hitter Tadd Bower for the final out of the frame.
William & Mary added four more runs in the sixth as all four batters Morgan walked in the inning scored. The Tribe pulled ahead 15-0 with a run in the seventh.
VCU and William & Mary will continue with the
second game of the series on Saturday at 4 p.m. at The