Final Score: VCU 3, Richmond 1
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 29-18 (12-8 A-10), Richmond 23-20 (9-8 A-10)
The Short Story: In his final home start of his career, Sean Thompson went out on top collecting his team-best seventh win of the year in the VCU Rams 3-1 victory over the Richmond Spiders. His outing of 6.2 innings set the tone for the game, as he scattered five hits, gave up only one run, and struck out three.
- Hogan Brown kept his hot streak up, going 1-for-4 on the day with two RBI.
- Haiden Lamb finished the day 1-for-3 with a double and run scored. His hit was key to the Rams two-run fifth inning.
- Liam Hibbits collected the other VCU hit on the day, going 1-for-3 with an RBI.
- Benjamin Dum shut down the Spiders after relieving Thompson with two outs in the seventh, going the rest of the distance for his third save of the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The big hit of the game came off the bat of Brown in the bottom of the fifth inning. With the score only at 1-0, Brown delivered a clutch RBI single to score two runs after Lamb doubled one batter prior.
- Hibbits set the tone in the bottom of the second, as he smacked a two-out single through the left side of the infield, scoring Mitchel Lacey to put VCU up 1-0.
- Thompson ran into trouble in the top of the fourth inning, as two batters reached to start the inning. Thompson was able to get a ground ball double play before loading the bases on a walk and hit by pitch. However, a strike out to Daniel Brumbaugh ended the threat and the inning.
- The play of the game happened in the top of the second inning. Brumbaugh doubled down the right field line for the Spiders with a runner on first and two out. As it looked Richmond would take the 1-0 lead, the relay trio of Brett Willett to Paul Witt to Josh Simon cut down the runner at the plate to keep the game scoreless.
- Richmond got on the board in the top of the seventh as Thompson departed, as an Anthony Forte single brought home Justin Cook to put the score at 3-1.
VCU will return to action Sunday, May 6 as they will take on the Richmond Spiders in Game 3 of the three-game series. First pitch on Saturday is set for 1 p.m., with VCU Senior Day ceremonies to precede first pitch.