STRONG PITCHING NOT ENOUGH AS OFFENSE QUIET IN 2-0 LOSS AT VIRGINIA

Final Score: Virginia 2, VCU 0
Location: Davenport Field (Charlottesville, Va.)
Records: VCU 28-17 (11-7 A-10), Virginia 25-20 (8-15 ACC) 

The Short Story: Hits were few, far, and in between Tuesday night in a non-conference matchup between the VCU Rams and Virginia Cavaliers. Both teams combined for five hits, with Virginia getting the only one that mattered. A two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh gave them the only runs they would need as VCU fell 2-0.

 

LEADING OFF 

  • VCU did not allow a hit to Virginia until the sixth inning. Ryan Fox and Benjamin Dum combined to no-hit the Cavaliers through the first five innings, with four of them belonging to Dum.
  • Daane Berezo and Mitchel Lacey would grab the lone hits of the game, both singles. Berezo also drew a walk to be the only Ram to reach twice on the night.
  • Jack Alkire threw a perfect bottom of the eighth inning, getting a ground out, fly out, and strike out to hold Virginia at bay.
  • VCU drew five walks on the night, as Haiden Lamb, Hogan Brown, Steven Carpenter, and Brett Willett were all the recipients along with Berezo. Josh Simon also would get a hit by pitch.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Virginia made the move to the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh inning. After a one-out double from Alex Tappen, Cameron Comer blasted a two-run home run to left center field to give the Cavaliers a 2-0 lead.
  • It looked as if the Rams were going to score in the top of the first inning, as Lamb and Brown both reached via a walk. After a Berezo sacrifice bunt, they were in scoring position with one out. But a strike out and ground out would end the inning leaving VCU scoreless.
  • The top of the third inning was also a key scoring chance for the Rams, as Willett led off with a walk. He would eventually get to third, setting up runners as first and third after a Berezo walk. However, Paul Witt would fly out to right to end the inning.
  • Virginia's best chance to score came in the bottom of the fourth inning, as they got runners on first and second with two out. Dum would get Tappen to strike out swinging to end the inning and the threat.
  • As the Cavaliers broke up the VCU no-hitter in the sixth, they also threatened to score. With a runner on third and two outs, Tanner Winters got Andy Weber to fly out to right to end the threat.

 

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU will return to action Friday, May 3 as they will play host to the cross-town Richmond Spiders for a three-game Atlantic 10 series over the weekend. First pitch Friday is slated for 6:30 p.m.