OFFENSE FOLLOWS THOMPSON'S STRONG EFFORT IN 14-1 VICTORY AT DAVIDSON

Final Score: VCU 14, Davidson 1
Location: Wilson Field (Davidson, N.C.)
Records: VCU 28-15 (11-6 A-10), Davidson 26-15 (11-6 A-10) 

The Short Story: The VCU Rams responded as well as anyone could to their loss Friday night, putting up 14 runs worth of offense in a 14-1 trouncing of the Davidson Wildcats. Led by senior Sean Thompson on the mound, the offense followed his lead setting up a series deciding Game 3 on Sunday.

 

LEADING OFF 

  • Hogan Brown set a season-high in times on base, reaching six times on a 3-for-3 effort with three walks. He added four runs scored in the process.
  • Also in the multi-hit column was Haiden Lamb, Zac Ching, and Liam Hibbits. All three scored twice and drove in one, while Hibbits added his team-leading third home run of the season.
  • Paul Witt was the recipient of the plethora of base runners, finishing 1-for-4 with four RBI with a run scored and a walk.
  • Eight of VCU's nine batters in the lineup collected at least a hit on the ballgame.
  • Sean Thompson won his sixth game of the season in eight innings of work, giving up only one run on five hits. He struck out six and walked only two in the effort. The outing matches his longest start of the season, tying his outing last week against George Mason. He also ties Connor Gillispie for the team lead in wins.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Thompson dominated the first eight innings of the ball game, pitching around a couple walks, errors, and some hits through the first four innings. He ultimately controlled all damage, settling down by the fifth inning and collected multiple 1-2-3 innings.
  • VCU scored in the first two innings of the ballgame, starting it off in the top of the first. Brown would be the catalyst, reaching on a leadoff single. He would come around to third on a Berezo single, and score on a Witt groundout for a 1-0 lead.
  • Hibbits would supply the power in the second, launching a two-out solo home run over the right field fence to give VCU a 2-0 lead.
  • Those first two innings set the tone, leading to an offensive explosion thorugh the middle part of the game, leading to 11 runs from the fifth to the seventh. Witt would add another pair of RBI's in the sixth on a single, while multiple base runners led to some RBI groundouts and a Carpenter RBI single in the fifth.
  • The game would break open in the seventh as the Rams put up a six-spot on the board, with Ching and Lamb leading the way with RBI singles. VCU would keep the pressure on with base runners, batting 10 guys during the inning and taking advantage of

 

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to action Sunday, April 29 as the Rams will take on the Davidson Wildcats in Game 3 of the three-game series. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. in the series-deciding matchup.