Final Score: VCU 6, George Washington 0
Location: Tucker Field at Barcroft Park (Arlington, Va.)
Records: VCU 30-20 (13-9 A-10), George Washington 27-21 (11-8 A-10)
The Short Story: The ability of the VCU pitching staff was on display Friday afternoon, as the trio of Jack Alkire, Benjamin Dum, and Hayden Moore combined to face the minimum 27 batters in the ballgame. They allowed only one hit all game, while the offense was powered up in a 6-0 shutout victory over the George Washington Colonials.
- Josh Simon had the big knock of the game, smacking a three-run home run to cap a four-run fourth inning. He finished with a multi-hit effort, going 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored.
- Mitchel Lacey collected his team-leading third home run of the year in a 2-for-4 day. His solo shot tied freshman Liam Hibbits for the team lead in the category and leads the Rams with 17 multi-hit games.
- Zac Ching added a double to his resume, going 1-for-3 with the double and a pair of RBI.
- Hogan Brown stayed hot as of late, also chipping in with his 13th multi-hit game of the season in a 2-for-5 game.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Ching got the party started in the top of the second inning as VCU was able to get runners on second and third with two out. Ching delivered a double over the head over the right fielder as both runners scored. That would give the Rams a 2-0 lead.
- The power showed up in the top of the fourth, as Lacey hit a solo home run to lead off the inning. Simon would cap the scoring with a three-run home run to pump the VCU lead to 6-0 after four.
- The only hit the Colonials would record came in the bottom of the first, as Steven Barmakian grounded one through the right side for a single. However, he would be thrown out during the next at-bat by Simon. Alkire would then get a fly out from Robbie Metz to end the inning.
- From then on, Alkire, Dum, and Moore combined to get the final 26 outs of the ballgame, not allowing a walk or hit the rest of the way in the shutout victory.
VCU will return to action Saturday, May 12 as the Rams face off with the George Washington Colonials for Game 2 of the three-game series. First pitch on Saturday is scheduled for 1 p.m.