FIVE-RUN EIGHTH LIFTS BASEBALL TO A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Final Score: VCU 7, Davidson 3
Location: Billiken Sports Complex (St. Louis, Mo.)
Records: VCU 35-20, Davidson 29-24 

The Short Story: The 2017 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Logan Farrar lived up to his billing on Friday afternoon, as the senior was the catalyst for the VCU Rams in their defeat of the Davidson Wildcats by a final score of 7-3. While the Rams pitching combination of Sean Thompson, Benjamin Dum, and Sam Donko shut down the Wildcats to only three hits, Farrar went 4-for-4 with three RBI, walk, and a run scored.

 

LEADING OFF 

  • Behind Farrar's effort, Dylan Isquirdo pulled in the only other multi-hit game, as he went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI, and run scored. 
  • Zac Ching and Paul Witt each notched a hit and RBI on the day. Ching also walked twice on the contest.
  • Three other Rams (Alex Gransback, Brett Willett, Mitchel Lacey) each knocked one hit on the day, while Gransback and Willett each walked as well.
  • The Rams overcame leaving 13 men on base during the game, also drawing seven walks on the contest.
  • Dum would snag the win out of the bullpen in 2.2 innings of work, while Donko wrapped up his 14th save of the season.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Davidson got the scoring started in the bottom of the first, as Alec Acosta stayed hot by hitting his third home run of the tournament for the Wildcats. It would be a two-run shot, giving Davidson an early 2-0 lead.
  • The Rams would get a run back in the top of the second inning, as VCU strung together a couple runners and put runners first and third for Farrar. With two out, he would cash in one with a single to center and cut the Davidson lead to 2-1.
  • The Wildcats added a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Max Bazin doubled down the left field line, scoring Brett Centracchio and giving Davidson a 3-1 lead.
  • VCU finally broke things open in the top of the eighth inning, as it began with a walk to Darian Carpenter and a Willett single. Ching would hit a single into right field to score Willett to bring the Rams within one at 3-2.
  • After the Wildcats went to the bullpen, Lacey put down a sacrifice bunt to move up the runners to second and third base. That would bring on back to back RBI singles from Isquirdo and Farrar to tie, then take the lead, as the Rams would then hold a 4-3 lead.
  • The Black & Gold wouldn't stop there, as they would add another pair on an error on a grounder by Daane Berezo, and a groundout from Witt. When everything was all said and done, the Rams had plated five runs, taking a 6-3 lead.
  • Farrar would add an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning, as he would drop down a drag bunt for a base hit, his fourth of the game, to give VCU a 7-3 lead.
  • Donko would shut the door over the final two innings, striking out five of his six batters he faced.

 

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to action tomorrow, Saturday, May 27 in the Atlantic 10 Championship game. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. EST, with the opponent to be determined later today. The Rams will need only one win, while their opponent will need to beat VCU twice to claim the A-10 crown.