Final Score: VCU 6, George Washington 2
Location: Tucker Field at Barcroft Park (Arlington, Va.)
Records: VCU 31-20 (14-9 A-10), George Washington 27-22 (11-9 A-10)
The Short Story: Mitchel Lacey's two-run blast in the top of the seventh inning pushed the Rams to a solid 6-2 victory at George Washington Saturday afternoon. Sean Thompson tossed his fourth straight quality start, holding the Colonials to a pair of runs and six hits over 5.2 innings.
- Lacey's round tripper was his fourth of the season, as he finished the day 2-for-3 with two RBI, a pair of runs, and two hit by pitches. He now owns the team lead in home runs.
- Thompson's victory is his eighth of the season, as he is now tied for the A-10 lead in wins.
- Liam Hibbits collected a three-hit ballgame, going 3-for-4 with an RBI.
- Hogan Brown reached three times, going 1-for-3 with a single, walk, and hit by pitch. He also scored a run and collected an RBI.
- Sam Ryan and Mac McCarty combined for 3.1 shutout innings over the final third of the game to help gain the win. McCarty earned his 15th save of the season in the effort.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Lacey delivered the dagger in the top of the seventh, as he followed a Witt leadoff single with his second home run in as many days. The ball would get crushed to right center, giving the Black & Gold a 5-2 lead. Before the inning finished, the Rams lead would be 6-2 after Carpenter scored on a double play groundout from Zac Ching.
- Brown supplied the key hit in the middle of the ballgame, as he chopped a ball up the middle in the sixth with two outs. He beat the throw to the bag, allowing Ching to score from third to give VCU the 3-2 lead. Scoring the run was the catalyst to the Rams success the following inning.
- Rams originally took control in the top of the fourth inning. Thanks to a pair of hit by pitches to Paul Witt and Lacey, that put runners on as Steven Carpenter then drew a walk to load the bases.
- Hibbits and Ching each followed with a pair of RBI singles to get VCU on the board with a 2-0 lead headed into the bottom of the fourth.
- George Washington tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, as a caught stealing led to a run, while Dominic D'Alessandro tripled in the tying run to put things 2-2.
- VCU threatened with the bases loaded in the third, but was unable to push a run across. The did it once again in the ninth, but had the lead at that point.
VCU will return to action Sunday, May 13 as the Rams face off with the George Washington Colonials for Game 3 of the three-game series. First pitch on Sunday is scheduled for 12 p.m.