Final Score: #3 Saint Joseph's 13, #2 VCU 1
Location: Houlihan Park (Bronx, N.Y.)
Records: VCU 38-19, Saint Joseph's 31-22
The Short Story: The VCU Rams season came to an end on Friday evening, as the Black and Gold faced an early deficit they could not overcome, falling to third-seeded Saint Joseph's 13-1 in the A-10 Championship Elimination Semifinal.
- Logan Farrar put up the lone juice for VCU, smacking a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning that would mark for his lone hit. He would finish his day 1-for-4 with an RBI and run.
- Each of the VCU's five seniors reached base during the contest, as James Bunn, Jimmy Kerrigan, Walker Haymaker, and Cody Acker found base hits, while Cooper Mickelson drew a walk.
- Right-hander Jonathan Ebersole was able to come in and toss two scoreless innings to close out the game.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- It would be an early mistake that would open the door early for Saint Joe's, as Matt Maul put an RBI single to right to score two. That was followed up by a three-run home run from Cal Jadacki. That have Saint Joseph's an early 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the first.
- VCU would crack onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the first, as Farrar would strike with a long solo home run to right field, putting the game to 5-1.
- The Hawks grabbed another run in the top of the third inning, as Charlie Coghlin knocked an RBI single through the left side, putting things as 6-1.
- Matt Maul would hit his first home run of the season for another run in the top of the third. The solo shot would put Saint Joe's up 7-1.
- After a clean fourth inning from both sides, Saint Joe's made their mark in the top of the fifth. It would all start with an RBI single from Marc Giacalone to put the Hawks ahead 8-1.
- Following Giacolone's at-bat, Deon Stafford, Jr. put an exclamation on the game, smashing a three-run home run that put the Hawks up 11-1.
- The finishing touches on the scoring would come in the top of the seventh, as Saint Joe's would put up two more runs on back-to-back RBI knocks from Coghlin and Charlie Concannon.