Final Score: VCU 14, Richmond 7
Location: Pitt Field (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 31-20 (17-5 A-10), Richmond 17-34 (6-15 A-10)
The Short Story: With the top seed in the upcoming Atlantic 10 tournament at stake for the VCU Rams this weekend, they got off to a prime start towards that goal with 14 runs on 14 hits in a 14-7 drubbing of the Richmond Spiders Thursday afternoon. The Rams need to win one of the final two games against Richmond to clinch the top spot in next week's A-10 Tournament.
- The Rams hit four home runs on the day, as well as drew 11 walks from the Richmond pitching staff.
- Sean Thompson grinded out five innings in grabbing his seventh win of the season, striking out four along the way.
- Steven Carpenter created havoc on the field, going 1-for-2 with a three-run home run, scoring three times, and walking four times.
- Alex Gransback did work on offense, finishing 3-for-6 on the day with a home run, double, two RBI, and three runs scored. His home run was the first of his career.
- Paul Witt also churned out a three-hit game, going 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI, and a run scored.
- Logan Farrar and Brett Willett were the other Rams with multi-hit games, as Farrar went 2-for-5 with a home run, double, RBI, three runs scored, and a walk. Willett went 2-for-6 with a double, two RBI, and a run scored.
- Dylan Isquirdo chipped in with a home run, going 1-for-4 on the game.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU got things started early, and got their work done with two outs. After loading the bases, Brett Willett would deliver the first blow with a rope to center field, scoring two on the RBI single and giving VCU a 1-0 lead.
- The following batter, Zac Ching, would then send a double down the left field line into the corner, allowing both runners on base to score and moving the score to 4-0 in favor of the Black & Gold.
- Richmond fought back with three runs in the bottom of the third, as R.J. Watters and Daniel Brumbaugh each smacked RBI singles, as Watters scored one one and Brumbaugh scored a pair. Those hits would bring Richmond within one, 4-3 going into the fourth inning.
- Steven Carpenter would pump the VCU lead back to four in the top of the fourth, as he would hit a three-run home run to push the lead to 7-3. The big fly would be his second of the season.
- Shortly after, Paul Witt would double into the left center field gap, scoring Gransback and giving the Rams an 8-3 lead.
- The Spiders came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Jon De Marte and Kurtis Brown each smacked RBI singles for Richmond, cutting the VCU lead to 8-5.
- Gransback had other thoughts in the top of the sixth, as he smacked a two-run home run over the center field fence to bring the VCU lead back out to five, 10-5.
- Mitchel Lacey would add to the inning with another run for VCU, as he singled on a chopper over the third baseman, allowing Darian Carpenter to score from second. That would make it 11-5 in favor of the Rams.
- Things didn't stop there, as the scoring rolled into the top of the seventh. Witt would add his third hit of the day with a single to left, scoring Farrar from third to give VCU a 12-5 lead.
- In the bottom of the seventh, Richmond came back with a run of their own on a Brown RBI single off of Benjamin Dum's foot and into left field. That would make things 12-6 as we went into the top of the eighth.
- Isquirdo and Farrar hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the eighth inning to make the score 14-6.
- Richmond would add a run in the bottom of the ninth, but Luke Crabb would help shut the door and seal a Rams win.
VCU will return to action this tomorrow, May 19 for Game 2 of the three-game series on the road against the Richmond Spiders. First pitch has been moved to 12 p.m.