Final Score: #2 VCU 5, #7 George Washington 1
Location: Houlihan Park (Bronx, N.Y.)
Records: VCU 37-17, George Washington 23-32
The Short Story: The postseason got underway in a big way for the VCU Rams on Wednesday afternoon, newly-named A-10 Rookie of the Year Michael Dailey toed the rubber against the George Washington Colonials. With his previous performance against GW behind him, he spun a new masterpiece while the Black and Gold lashed 15 hits on offense to take their first game of the Atlantic 10 Championship by a final score of 5-1.
- Dailey continued his brilliance over George Washington with another solid outing, going 7.0 innings. He gave up five hits, one run which was earned, walked one, and struck out one. He threw 85 pitches in the outing.
- Three Rams had three-hit games, led by junior Logan Farrar. He put together a 3-for-5 day with a double and run scored.
- Jimmy Kerrigan also had a great game offensively, going 3-for-5 with a double, three runs scored, and was also hit by a pitch. Kerrigan also made a game-saving diving catch in right to add to his resume for the day.
- Cooper Mickelson chipped in a three hit game of his own, going 3-for-4 in the contest.
- Walker Haymaker and Cody Acker provided the offensive spark, as the pair of seniors teamed up for the three RBI for the team. Haymaker finished with two, while Acker had one.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Things stood at a standstill up until the bottom of the fourth inning, when the Rams finally broke through for a run. Acker laced a pitch into left center field, scoring Kerrigan who had led off the inning with a double. The RBI knock would give VCU the 1-0 lead.
- VCU added to their score in the bottom of the fifth inning, starting with a balk to score Farrar and putting the Rams lead at 2-0.
- A wild pitch to the backstop would allow Darian Carpenter to score the third run of the ballgame for VCU. The pitch would chase GW pitcher Bobby LeWarne from the ballgame.
- The third run of the fifth came off the bat of Walker Haymaker, as he chopped a slow grounder to the left side of the infield. He would beat the throw to first, scoring Kerrigan from third and pushing the VCU lead to 4-0.
- George Washington would grab back a run in the top of the sixth inning. Mark Osis, who figured out Dailey offensively, would plant a double in front of Farrar. The hit would score Robbie Metz to make the score 4-1 in favor of VCU.
- Haymaker brought home his second RBI of the day in the bottom of the seventh inning, as a sacrifice fly to right field scored Kerrigan from third, pushing the lead back to four runs, 5-1.
- Sam Donko would relieve Matt Jamer with one out to go in the ninth inning, and shut the door on the Colonials and pull the Rams through for the 5-1 victory.
With the win, VCU will return to action tomorrow, Thursday, May 26. They will face sixth-seeded Davidson in the Atlantic 10 Championship Quarterfinals at 10 a.m. Davidson defeated third-seeded Saint Joseph's in the first game Wednesday to advance.