Final Score: VCU 8, West Virginia 5
Location: Springs Brooks Stadium (Conway, S.C.)
Records: VCU 3-3, West Virginia 1-4
The Short Story: A two-run home run by sophomore Paul Witt in the bottom of the sixth inning put the punch in the Rams overall offensive performance Saturday night, as VCU defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers for the second straight day. With the victory, VCU has now won three straight games.
- Leader of the pack on offense was Zac Ching. He went 3-for-3 with three RBI, a run scored, and a walk.
- Mitchel Lacey reached base all five at-bats he had, officially going 3-for-3 with a walk, hit by pitch, and a run scored.
- Steven Carpenter and Brett Willett each collected two hits and two runs, while Daane Berezo chipped in with a hit.
- Sean Thompson collected his first win of the season, going five innings, giving up seven hits and two earned runs.
- Mac McCarty notched his third save of the season in as many games.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The action started fast & furious under the lights, as West Virginia got on the board first in the top of the first. After loading the bases, an error and hit batter forced in two runs, giving the Mountaineers an early 2-0 lead.
- The Rams came back with a run in the bottom of the first as Ching stayed patient and drew a bases loaded walk after Witt singles, Willett singled, and Lacey got hit by a pitch.
- With a 2-1 score, the Rams tied it in the bottom of the second as WVU pitcher Alek Minoah tried to pick off Berezo at first with runners on the corners. Minaoh would throw the ball wild to first, allowing Steven Carpenter to score from third.
- Thanks to a Ching infield single in the bottom of the third, the Rams would take a 3-2 lead. His chopping grounder to third would slow up and bounce high enough for no play and allow Willett to score from third.
- The Mountaineers would fight back and take the lead with runs in the fourth and fifth innings of the ballgame. An RBI single by Ivan Gonzalez in the fourth and a solo home run by Kevin Brophy in the fifth would give West Virginia a 4-3 lead.
- VCU would load the bases in the bottom of the fifth, and back-to-back wild pitches with Josh Simon at the plate would score Lacey and Ching to help the Rams regain the lead, 5-4.
- Witt put the exclamation on the VCU scoring in the bottom of the sixth, as he hit the Rams' first home run of the season. A two-run shot down the left field line gave the Rams a cushion, 7-4 as they entered the final third of the ballgame.
- A solo home run by WVU's Jimmy Galusky would bring the score to 7-5 in the top of the eighth. However, Michael Dailey would pitch out of a jam to end the inning and end the scoring threat.
- Ching would grab his second RBI of the day to get that run back in the bottom of the eighth to put VCU back up three, 8-5.
- McCarty closed the door on the Mountaineers in the 9th for the second straight day, putting up his third save of the season.
VCU will return to action on Sunday, Feb. 25 as it will return back to Springs Brooks Stadium at Coastal Carolina University to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini at 11 a.m.