Final Score: Dayton 6, VCU 1
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 21-11 (6-3 A-10), Dayton 8-18 (2-4 A-10)
The Short Story: The VCU Rams couldn't find openings in the grass at the Diamond, as they were held to only five hits as they were defeated by the Dayton Flyers by a 6-1 final score. However, despite the outcome the Rams win their second A-10 series of the season after two wins on Friday.
- Josh Simon paced the offense, reaching base two of three times at the plate. He finished 1-for-2 with a double and a hit by pitch.
- Daane Berezo finished 1-for-3 on his day, knocking in the lone run for the Rams with an RBI and reached on a hit by pitch as well.
- Hogan Brown went 1-for-4 in his day with a double, while Haiden Lamb reached twice with a single and hit by pitch.
- Paul Witt added a single as the fifth hit for the Rams on the day, extending his streak for consecutive games reached.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Dayton starting pitcher Aaron Ersnt threw just 111 pitches over his complete game five-hitter. It would be the first complete game against the Rams this season.
- Dayton opened the scoring in the bottom of the first, collecting a pair of runs on three hits. A wild pitch brought in the first run, while a single by Brandon Smith scored the second run giving the Flyers a 2-0 lead.
- The Flyers kept extending their lead through the fifth, sixth, and seventh, scoring a total of four runs to take a 6-1 lead. The big knock would come off the bat of Smith again, who smacked a long solo home run in the top of the sixth inning.
- Takahiro Yamata notched a two-run triple in the top of the fifth inning for Dayton, while Pat Meehan doubled in a run in the top of the seventh.
- VCU's long run came off the bat of Berezo in the bottom of the third inning, as he singled up the middle to score Simon who reached on a double. At the time, it would pull the Black & Gold within one run at 2-1.
VCU will return to action Wednesday, April 11 as the Rams will play the VMI Keydets in a matchup at the Diamond. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.