Four early runs and costly errors sink Rams in second game of A-10 Championship, drop 7-3 to Davidson

Final Score: #6 Davidson 7, #2 VCU 3
Location: Houlihan Park (Bronx, N.Y.)
Records:  VCU 37-18, Davidson 27-24

The Short Story: The VCU Rams squared off against the sixth-seeded Davidson Wildcats on day two of the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship on Tuesday morning. It would be four early runs and costly mistakes that would sink the Black and Gold, as the Wildcats defeated the Rams by a final score of 7-3. 

LEADING OFF 

  • Darian Carpenter paced the offense with three hits on the game, going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.
  • Junior reliever Luke Crabb tossed 5.0 innings of scoreless baseball, only giving up two hits, no walks, and struck out three.
  • James Bunn produced a 1-for-4 day, collecting an RBI triple.
  • Jimmy Kerrigan also had a 1-for-4 day, chipping in with an RBI and a run.
  • Three other Rams had a hit in the contest (Logan Farrar, Matt Davis, Zac Ching

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Davidson starting things off in a hurry in the bottom of the first inning, scoring two runs on a Brian Fortier double and Lee Miller sacrifice fly. That gave the Wildcats an early 2-0 lead.
  • The Wildcats would pump the lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the second, as Eric Jones launched a solo home run, and Max Bazin put an RBI single into center.
  • VCU would bring things back within two with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning. It would all start with an RBI single from Jimmy Kerrigan as he blooped one into right field, scoring Darian Carpenter. That would put the score to 4-1.
  • The top of the fourth would be highlighted by an RBI triple from James Bunn, scoring Kerrigan from first and putting things at 4-2.
  • Matt Davis made things happen with two outs in the top of the fifth, as he teamed up with Carpenter to put things to 4-3. Davis roped one over the infield into left field, scoring Carpenter from second.
  • Things stayed quiet up until the seventh inning, when Davidson put up three runs with two outs off of Matt Jamer. The inning was highlighted by a two-run home run from Will Robertson and gave the Wildcats a 7-3 lead.

WHAT'S NEXT

With the loss, VCU will return to action later tonight, Thursday, May 26. They will face seventh-seeded George Washington in an Atlantic 10 Championship elimination game at 5 p.m.