RAMS TAKE TWO, SWEEP ROAD SERIES AT SAINT JOSEPH’S  

Game 1: VCU 13, Saint Joseph's 3
Game 2: VCU 4, Saint Joseph's 0
Location: Marion Station, Pa. (Smithson Field)
Records: VCU 36-16 (16-5 A-10), Saint Joseph's 18-27 (10-11)

The short story: Sophomore Liam Hibbitts drove in five runs and collected six hits in two games, while the VCU pitching staff overpowered Saint Joseph's to lead the Rams to a doubleheader sweep Saturday. With the wins, the Rams completed a three-game series sweep of the Hawks to maintain a one-game over Dayton for first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference race.

GAME 1: VCU 13, Saint Joseph's 3

  • The Rams chased Saint Joseph's starter Luke Zimmerman after just 2/3 of an inning with three runs on a base hit and five walks
  • Hibbitts and Junior third baseman Brett Norwood each finished 4-for-6 in the game. Norwood doubled twice and drove in a pair, while Hibbitts recorded four RBIs in the contest
  • VCU starter Connor Gillispie struck out 10 in five innings of work on the way to his fourth victory of the season. He allowed three runs on eight base hits
  • VCU struck for three runs in the first, two in the second and four in the fourth to build a 9-1 lead
  • Sophomore center fielder Hogan Brown slugged hit second home run of the season, a solo shot to lead off the fourth inning
  • Five Rams recorded multiple hits in the game

GAME 2: VCU 4, Saint Joseph's 0

  • VCU registered its fourth shutout of the season behind righthanders Jack Alkire (3.2 IP), Curtis Bafus (2.2 IP) and Sam Ryan (3.0 IP). The trio scattered six hits and combined to strike out eight Hawks
  • The Rams already led 1-0 in the fourth when junior Steven Carpenter singled through the left side to bring home HIbbitts
  • VCU added runs in the sixth and ninth on RBI singles by HIbbitts and Brown
  • Hibbitts and Carpenter each finished 2-for-3 at the plate

NOTABLE

  • Hibbitts batted .533 (8-for-15) in the series and drove in eight runs
  • Gillispie's performance moved him into a tie for sixth on VCU's single-season strikeout list with 101. He also moved into 10th place on the program's career strikeouts with 236
  • VCU scored in the first inning of each of the weekend's three games. The Rams outscored the Hawks 7-0 in the first inning in the series. VCU never trailed in any of the three games
  • The Rams have won five straight

NEXT UP
The Rams will travel to Charlottesville, Va. to face Virginia on Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m.