FIVE-RUN FIRST LIFTS BASEBALL TO VICTORY IN RAIN OVER TOWSON

Final Score: VCU 7, Towson 2 (6 innings)
Location: Schurholz Field (Towson, Md.)
Records: VCU 19-10, Towson 6-20 

The Short Story: VCU kicked off a new winning streak Tuesday afternoon, as a five-run first inning lifted the Black & Gold to a 7-2 win over the Towson Tigers in six innings. The game would be called after the sixth due to weather and poor field conditions.

LEADING OFF 

  • Brett Willett led the way with a 3-for-3 day, notching a double and a run scored.
  • Mitchel Lacey went 2-for-3 on the afternoon, securing a walk, RBI, and run scored.
  • Josh Simon was the other Ram with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored.
  • Haiden Lamb, Paul Witt, and Zac Ching all collected a hit apiece, as Lamb's lone hit was a double.
  • Seven of nine Rams collected RBI's on the afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • The Rams wasted no time getting on the board and making a statement in the top of the first inning. Back-to-back walks to Lamb and Daane Berezo set up the ensuing action.
  • Lacey, Witt, and Ching would each single in a run, giving the Rams a 3-0 lead without an out. The next two outs would come from an RBI groundout by Hogan Brown, followed by a sacrifice fly from Steven Carpenter. When it was all said and done, it was a 5-0 VCU lead after one half inning.
  • VCU batted around in the first inning, with Towson starter Bo Plagge not recording an out. He would be on the hook for all five runs that the Rams scored in the first inning.
  • It would be a combo of back-to-back-to-back doubles in the top of the sixth to give VCU their sixth and seventh runs of the game. Willett, Simon, and Lamb would be the carousel around second base putting up two more runs in favor of the Rams.
  • Towson would get their first run in a big way in the bottom of the first, as Richie Palacious would send a solo home run over the left field fence to make the game 5-1 after one inning. That hit and run would be the only one given up by Sam Ryan all game.
  • The Tigers final run came on a wild pitch in the 6th, as Curtis Bafus lost the grip on a 3-2 fastball. The ball would go to the backstop and allow a runner on third to score.

WHAT'S NEXT
VCU will return to action this Friday, April 6 as the Rams will play host to the Dayton Flyers for Game 1 of a three-game weekend A-10 series. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.