Final Score: Manhattan 6, VCU 4
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 4-8, Manhattan 2-7
The Short Story: An early second inning hole ended up too big for the VCU Rams on Sunday afternoon, as they fell to the Manhattan Jaspers by a final score of 6-4 in the final game of a three-game series at The Diamond.
- Zac Ching led the way with a pair of hits, going 2-for-4 with a two RBI day.
- Mitchel Lacey and Daane Berezo each collected a pair of hits as well. Lacey also added two runs scored to his resume on the day.
- Josh Simon added an RBI with one hit, while three other Rams collected hits as well.
- Sam Ryan and Hayden Moore each went three innings on the mound, while Jack Alkire added in two with Mac McCarty pitching the ninth inning.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Manhattan jumped ahead with three runs in the top of the second inning, as the Jaspers were able to lead the bases and grab all three runs with a hit, walk, and sac fly to bring home the trio of scores.
- VCU fought back with a run in the bottom of the second, as Zac Ching roped an RBI single down the right field line to bring the score to 3-1 in favor of Manhattan.
- An RBI single by Josh Simon brought VCU within one, 3-2, as he scored Lacey on the hit in the bottom of the fourth.
- The Black and Gold got things even in the bottom of the fifth, as Jack Schroeder found an RBI single into right field to score a run. That brought things to 3-3.
- The Jaspers would grab the go-ahead runs in the top of the sixth inning as a two-run triple would give them a 5-3 lead.
- Ching singled off a liner back to the pitcher in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead back to only one run for Manhattan, putting the score at 5-4. The play would plate Lacey for the second time in the game, while it also collected Ching's second RBI.
- However, it would be a final run by Manhattan in the top of the eighth on a wild pitch that would put the score at 6-4, which would go final after a clean ninth inning by both sides.
VCU will return to action this Tuesday, March 6 as the Rams travel to Chapel Hill, NC to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. First pitch on Tuesday is scheduled for 3 p.m.