Thompson, Rams blow past VMI, 18-0

The Basics

  • Score: VCU 18, VMI 0
  • Records: VCU (12-10), VMI (5-11)
  • Location: The Diamond inside the HDL, Inc. Athletic Village – Richmond, Va.
  • The Short Story: Freshman Sean Thompson hurled six innings of no-hit ball and 12 different Rams collected hits to lead the VCU baseball team to its ninth victory in the past 12 games in a 13-0 rout of in-state foe VMI. Senior Vimael Machin extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a 3-for-4 night. Five other Rams had two-hit performances on the evening.
How It Happened
  • The Rams got on the board in the second after Cody Acker and Brett Hileman drew back-to-back walks and moved to second and third on a sac bunt by Walker Haymaker.  Freshman Daane Berezo brought in the game's first run with a single through the right side to score Acker and give VCU a 1-0 lead.
  • Sophomore Logan Farrar followed with a sac fly to left field to score Hileman and push the Rams' lead to 2-0.
  • Thompson was dominant on the mound, allowing only one baserunner over the first six innings.
  • VCU added a run in the bottom of the fifth when Acker roped a double down the left field line to push the advantage to 3-0.
  • Thompson finally gave up a hit in the top of the seventh, but Matt Lees came out of the bullpen to keep the Keydets off the scoreboard.
  • The Rams exploded in the home half of the seventh with 11 runs on 11 hits keyed by a three-run double by junior James Bunn.
  • VCU wrapped up its offensive attack with four runs in the bottom of the eighth.
  • Junior Ben Stine closed out the victory with a perfect ninth.

Quotable: "It's a great start to a five-game week. Obviously the offense hanging the big 11-spot in the seventh inning was great to see and hopefully we can build some momentum off of this. But really, when you look back at the game it's really about Sean Thompson, who threw 6.2 innings of no-hit baseball and was able to give us an opportunity to expand our lead and play comfortable in the later innings because he came out and did such a wonderful job. But it all has nothing to do with tomorrow's game and nothing to do with the games this weekend, so we need to be ready to go. Each day is a new game." -Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Up Next
  • VCU returns to action on Wednesday night when they host another in-state foe, Longwood. First pitch at The Diamond is set for 6:30 p.m.  Tomorrow is another $1 hot dog night.