BASEBALL WALKS-OFF IN 12TH INNING IN 1-0 VICTORY OVER GEORGE MASON

Final Score: VCU 1, George Mason 0 (12 innings)
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 26-14 (10-5 A-10), George Mason 16-22 (7-5 A-10)

The Short Story: Pitching came to play on Sunday afternoon, as the VCU Rams and George Mason played 11 scoreless innings. Then in the 12th, VCU's Paul Witt smacked a game-winning RBI single to the fence in left field to give the Rams a 1-0 victory and third straight series victory.

 

LEADING OFF 

  • Both Haiden Lamb and Daane Berezo each collected a pair of hits, each going 2-for-5 on the contest.
  • Witt's game-winning single would be his only base knock of the day, as he finished 1-for-5 with an RBI.
  • Sam Ryan, Benjamin Dum, and Mac McCarty combined for 12 scoreless innings, allowing only five combined hits. Ryan added eight strikeouts, as the trio turned in 15 on the game.
  • Steven Carpenter and Josh Simon each added singles on the game.
  • There was only one extra base hit in the game, while neither side got a base runner past second until the 11th inning.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Witt collected the game-winning hit with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning as VCU got a runner to past second for the second straight inning.
  • The inning began with Lamb hitting a ground ball deep in the hole at short stop. While Michael Smith made a great play on the ball, his throw to first sailed high and out of play to move Lamb to second base.
  • Berezo then singled to center field, putting runners on the corners for Witt. Witt's hit would then give the Rams three of their seven hits in the 12th.
  • It looked like VCU might pull out the victory one inning earlier, as Carpenter led off the inning with a single, and was able to move to second on a passed ball. After a sacrifice bunt from Brett Willett, Carpenter moved to third as the game's winning run and one out.
  • Some solid defense from George Mason helped end the inning, as Josh Simon lined out with the infield in, and Zac Ching grounded out with a sprawling diving play by the third baseman made a play to end the inning.
  • Prior to the 11th inning, the last hit by either side came from George Mason's Trevor Kelly in the top of the fourth inning.
  • The pitching showed up, while VCU's trio of pitchers ran the table, George Mason's Jared DiCesare went 10 innings strong on only 99 pitches.

 

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to action Tuesday, April 24 as the Rams will play host to the Longwood Lancers at The Diamond. First pitch in the non-conference matchup is set for 6:30 p.m.