Final Score: Dayton 7, VCU 6
Location: Spectrum Stadium (Dayton, Ohio)
Records: VCU 29-18 (16-5 A-10), Dayton 16-30 (6-12 A-10)
The Short Story: In a decisive game three against the Dayton Flyers, VCU racked up three home runs over 15 hits but was unable to fend off a late Dayton rally in the bottom of the eighth inning.
- Dylan Isquirdo went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored. He also walked once.
- Logan Farrar turned in a strong 4-for-5 performance with four singles while scoring the first run of the games.
- Brett Willett posted a 3-for-3 performance and was the only Ram to reach base in each of his at-bats.
- Michael Dailey started the game and went four and a third innings while giving up just two hits, two runs, and striking out four.
- Mitchel Lacey and Darian Carpenter each showed their power, as each hit a long ball. Lacey also was hit by a pitch.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Rams fired the first shot early in the first inning, as Farrar came around to score after getting on via a single to the left side. Zac Ching would drive him in to put VCU up 1-0.
- Dayton answered quickly in the bottom of the first inning, as Mitch Coughlin doubled to lead off the inning. Coughlin would reach third and be driven in on a sac fly by Nick Ryan to tie the game at 1-1.
- The Flyers would strike again in the third after a Coughlin walk would turn into him scoring on a wild pitch a few batters later to go up 2-1.
- Coughlin would score for the third time for the Flyers after reaching on a throwing error and was driven in by Nick Ryan to give Dayton a 3-1 lead.
- It wouldn't be until the sixth when the Ram bats heated up as Isquirdo crushed a deep fly that sneaked over the right field fence to pull the Rams within one at 3-2.
- Carpenter chose to showcase his power in the seventh, sending one over the center field wall to tie the game at three.
- The eighth inning would see the Rams reclaim the lead, as they were able to load the bases after Daane Berezo reached on a perfect bunt on the third base side. Alex Gransback scored due to the first baseman choosing to go home on a Farrar infield hit but threw it in the dirt. Isquirdo scored after Paul Witt popped one up to right field but the fielder was unable to bring it in. The Rams took the lead, 5-3.
- Dayton rallied in the bottom of the eighth as Brandon Smith scored on a wild pitch and Connor Echols followed that up with a home run to right field to tie the game at five. Robbie Doring and Brad Burkhart would score off a singles later in the inning to bring Dayton's final tally to seven runs.
- Mitchel Lacey still had fight in him in the ninth, as he homered to center field to bring the Rams within one at 7-6. However, the Rams were unable to sustain the rally.
VCU will head to Norfolk, Virginia to take on the Monarchs of Old Dominion on Wednesday, May 10. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.