VCU Tops Old Dominion In Key Dog Classic, 9-3

The Basics

  • Score: VCU 9, Old Dominion 3
  • Records: VCU (30-22), Old Dominion (26-25)
  • Location: War Memorial Stadium – Hampton, Va.
  • The Short Story: In the 2nd Annual Key Dog Strikeout Cancer Classic in Hampton, Virignia the Rams took it to the Monarchs to the tune of a 9-3 win, sweeping the season series. Matt Blanchard returned to the mound to start for VCU in a game that saw 11 different pitchers and 20 hits.

How It Happened

  • The Rams jumped out to an early lead with an RBI single from Vimael Machin in the bottom of the first. A couple more runs would come in to score in the next frame to five VCU an early 3-0 lead.
  • In their next trip to the plate the Monarchs responded with an RBI double and a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to one, 3-2.
  • VCU's big inning came in the bottom of the third when the Rams plated four runs. Darian Carpenter opened things up with a single through the left side of the infield, then Jimmy Kerrigan followed that up with a no-doubter of a home run to left field to make the score 7-3.
  • The two sides traded runs in the fourth inning with VCU's coming on a sacrifice fly by Machin.
  • Another VCU ball left the yard in the bottom of the seventh inning, this one coming from Carpenter on just the second pitch of the new frame.
  • Matt Lees, Tyler Buckley, and Daniel Concepcion would close out the game with scoreless outings en route to a 9-3

Quotable: "Obviously it's great to win this game and to even have the chance to play in this game and play well. Up and down the lineup there were contributions with Logan Farrar, Darian Carpenter, Jimmy Kerrigan and Vimael Machin who all got us going offensively as well as some big at-bats from James Bunn. And every pitcher was good, it was nice to see Matt Blanchard back on the mound and the back end of the bullpen pitched well as expected, and we played some strong defense. The guys certainly take this one to heart in playing this one in rememberance of Coach Keyes. Tomorrow we'll get on the bus and be ready to go for a big conference weekend." -Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Up Next

  • The Rams travel to St. Bonaventure for a three-game series to close out the regular season. Game one is slated for a 1 pm start on Thursday.