Final Score: VCU 5, Norfolk State 2
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 7-6, Norfolk State 3-9
The Short Story: Alex Gransback collected his second three-hit game of the season on Wednesday night, as the VCU Rams pitching staff also held down the Norfolk State Spatans to four hits as the Black & Gold took a 5-2 victory.
- The combination of Hayden Moore, Ryan Fox, and Sam Donko held the Spartans scoreless for 5.2 innings in relief. Fox would grab the win, his second of the season.
- Gransback now holds a six-game hitting streak heading into the weekend, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. His only other three-hit effort this season came last Wednesday at Norfolk State.
- Paul Witt had himself a 2-for-4 day, putting out his team-leading fifth multi-hit game.
- Haiden Lamb and J.P. Vail pitched in the offense with a hit apiece.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU started off hot scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning, as just two batters in Gransback smacked a double down the right field line. As the throw came in to third to try and get Logan Farrar, it got away allowing him to score and give VCU the 1-0 lead.
- With one out, Witt proceeded to single through the right side, scoring Gransback to push the lead to 2-0 through one inning of play.
- Norfolk State battled back for a pair in the top of the fourth inning, as a Roger Hall triple headlined the inning, as his RBI and then run scored on a sacrifice fly from Ismael Herrera tied the score at 2-2.
- Steven Carpenter led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk. After a failed pickoff that was thrown away, Carpenter would move to third with no outs.
- Gransback would come through with the infield in, scoring Carpenter and giving VCU the 3-2 lead.
- After a walk to Vail putting two runners on in the seventh, Witt executed a hit & run to snag his second RBI of the day, giving VCU a 4-2 lead.
- In the bottom of the eighth, Gransback would put an exclamation point on his day with yet another RBI single, giving VCU the 5-2 lead.
- Sam Donko came on in relief in the top of the eighth, and pitched two scoreless innings for his third save of the season.
VCU will return to action this Friday, as the Rams begin a three-game set with the Oakland Golden Grizzlies this weekend. First pitch for Friday's series opener is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.