Final Score: Maryland 2, VCU 0
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 3-6, Maryland 4-4
The Short Story: Opening Day at The Diamond did not go as planned for the VCU Rams on Wednesday afternoon. Despite only allowing two hits and two runs, the Black and Gold were held scoreless on five hits in a 2-0 loss to the Maryland Terrapins.
- Junior Jack Alkire was the standout performer, throwing three innings of scoreless and hitless baseball at the back end of the ballgame. He would strikeout five in his 10 batters faced.
- Starting pitcher Sam Ryan would also go three innings of scoreless ball, giving up just one hit and striking out two.
- Five Rams would get hits, led by Zac Ching who extended his hitting streak to eight games.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU would put base runners on early in the first, as Paul Witt and Brett Willett knocked back-to-back singles with two outs. However, thigns would stay scoreless after one.
- The Rams would get a runner on third with one out in the bottom of the second, as Zac Ching made the trip over after a failed pickoff attempt by Maryland. However, the next two Rams would strike out, ending the inning.
- The Terrapins would break the ice in the top of the fourth inning, as they would load the bases. A safety squeeze would do the trick, scoring one and putting Maryland ahead 1-0.
- The Black and Gold would also load the bases in the bottom of the fourth inning with one out. However, a fly out and a strike out would end the threat.
- Maryland capitalized on the opportunity, scoring again in the top of the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly that scored a runner that reached via a hit by pitch to lead off the inning. Going into the sixth, the score stood 2-0.
- The seventh inning brought another opportunity for the Rams to score with less than two outs. With a runner on second, a groundout would move up the runner to third. However, a strikeout would end the inning.
- Jack Alkire would help shut down the Terrapin offense over the final three innings, but the offense for the Black and Gold would stay silent through the ninth.
VCU will return to action this Friday, March 2 when they return home to The Diamond for a three-game series versus the Manhattan Jaspers. First pitch in Friday's series opener is scheduled for 3 p.m.