Final Score: VCU 2, UMass 0
Location: Earl Lorden Field (Amherst, Mass.)
Records: VCU 18-13 (7-1 A-10), UMass 7-15 (2-3 A-10)
The Short Story: Senior lefty Brooks Vial spun himself an outing on Saturday afternoon. After carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning, he would shut down the UMass Minutemen offense as the VCU Rams took a 2-0 win. Sam Donko would shut things down in the eighth and ninth innings to collect his seventh save of the season.
- Vial would toss 6.2 scoreless innings, giving up only two hits, four walks, and striking out five. He would throw 95 pitches over the outing in earning his fourth win of the season.
- Paul Witt and Haiden Lamb each collected multi-hit efforts, with each going 2-for-4.
- Alex Gransback would finish with the lone RBI on the afternoon, going 1-for-4 on the game.
- Logan Farrar and Zac Ching each added base hits, while Ching reached three times on the ballgame.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Both sides went 1-2-3 in the first two frames, as the game moved quickly early.
- Thanks to a bunt single from Haiden Lamb to get on base, Gransback knocked him in for the Rams first run of the game in the top of the third inning. A single to left would do the trick, putting the Rams up 1-0. It would be the second day in a row the Rams would strike in the top of the third.
- It looked the Rams had something going in the sixth with a single from Witt, but the Minutemen would get out of the inning unharmed on the scoreboard.
- Vial would give up his first hit of the ballgame in the bottom of the sixth inning, but would stay strong and hold the 1-0 lead into the seventh.
- VCU put on the pressure in the seventh and eighth innings, putting runners on base. However, they couldn't get around to score, keeping things close into the ninth inning.
- After Ching reached for the third time in the ballgame with a single through the left side, he would make his way over to third on a Lamb single to right field. However, the throw from UMass came into the plate and sailed high to the backstop. The throw allowed Ching to scamper home, and give the Rams a little cushion with a 2-0 lead.
- Donko would shut down the UMass offense in the final two innings, earning his seventh save of the season and wrapping up the Rams' 2-0 win.
VCU will return to action tomorrow, Sunday, April 9 when the Black & Gold return to take on the UMass Minutemen in Game 3 of the three-game series. The Rams will be looking to sweep the series, with first pitch for Game 3 is set for 12 p.m.