Final Score: VCU 4, Richmond 1
Location: Pitt Field (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 32-20 (18-5 A-10), Richmond 17-35 (6-16 A-10)
The Short Story: The VCU Rams wrapped up their regular season in fine fashion on Saturday afternoon, as Mitchel Lacey's bases-clearing double finished off a four-run seventh inning in the Black & Gold's 4-1 win over the Richmond Spiders. The win gives the Rams a sweep in their final series of the year, as the Rams enter postseason play as the top seed in the A-10 Tournament.
- Lacey led the offense with three hits, going 3-for-3 with three RBI and a walk.
- Paul Witt and Brett Willett each collected two hits and a run scored apiece. Willett added two walks as well.
- Zac Ching added an RBI in his 1-for-4 day with a run scored, while Josh Simon contributed with a double on the day as well.
- Sam Donko notched his 13th save of the season, as Matt Jamer also grabbed the win on the mound.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Richmond would jump on the board first in the bottom of the first inning. A hit by pitch and single would lead to a Jonathan De Marte RBI single through the left side, scoring one and giving Richmond a 1-0 lead.
- After loading the bases in the top of the first inning and coming up empty, it looked the Rams might break through with a run in the top of the third inning. With a pair of runners on, Brett Willett sent a rope into center field for a single. Paul Witt rounded third to come home and score, but as the throw came in, stopped in his tracks and was tagged out going back to third. That kept the game 1-0 in favor of the Spiders.
- VCU threatened again in the top of the fourth inning, as with two outs Alex Gransback sent a pop up into the infield. UR's Kurtis Brown misplayed the ball and dropped it, allowing both Grandback and Mitchel Lacey to keep on running. Ending up at second and third, the Rams were once again 90 feet away from tying the game but could not convert.
- The Rams finally broke things open in the top of the seventh inning, as Daane Berezo and Paul Witt reached base with one out. After a Carpenter groundout that moved them up, Richmond chose to intentionally walk Willett.
- Zac Ching would come through in the clutch, as he put a single deep into the hole at shortstop, allowing all runners to move up and socre the tying run at 1-1.
- The following batter, Mitchel Lacey, put the big punch in the inning, as he delivered a double down the third base line, clearing the bases of all three runners and giving VCU the 4-1 lead as the game went to the bottom of the seventh.
- A combination of Connor Gillispie, Matt Jamer, Garrett Pearson, Hayden Moore, and Sam Donko shut down the Spiders over the final five innings, not allowing a hit over those final innings.
VCU will return to action Thursday, May 25 for their first game in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament in Saint Louis, Mo. Tentative first pitch time is 1:30 p.m., while the opponent is TBD. The Rams will play the winner of the Saint Louis/George Washington game on Wednesday.