Final Score: VCU 2, Binghamton 1 (Game 1)
VCU 18, Binghamton 3 (Game 2)
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 8-8, Binghamton 3-9
The Short Story: After a close 2-1 victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, the VCU Rams exploded on offense for a 21-hit, 18-run game in an 18-3 defeat over the Binghamton Bearcats. With the win, the Rams are winners of four in a row, and complete their first weekend sweep of the season.
- Haiden Lamb led all hitters on the day with five hits between the two games, going a combined 5-for-9 with a four runs scored, an RBI, and a walk. He also stole one base as well.
- Zac Ching pumped in a four RBI on the day, all coming in Game 2 in a 2-for-3 effort with two runs scored and a walk. He extended his hitting streak to seven games, tying a season high.
- Mitchel Lacey extended his on-base streak to 16 games, grabbing three hits. Two of his three hits were doubles.
- Steven Carpenter put together three RBI as well, going 3-for-5 in Game 2. He also scored a pair of runs in the effort as well.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Berezo got the scoring started in the bottom of the third inning, as his RBI through the right side of the infield scored Lamb to give VCU a 1-0 lead.
- It was Lamb on the RBI side of the play in the bottom of the fifth inning, as he put a slow roller up the third base line, and beat the throw to first. However, the throw would get away and up the first base line, allowing Josh Simon to score.
- With a 2-0 lead, Sean Thompson would get through the seventh inning, allowing only six hits and no runs keeping the Bearcats off the scoreboard.
- Benjamin Dum would enter in the eighth, but give up a run on an RBI single as Binghamton got within one. But a 1-2-3 ninth inning by Dum shut the door, giving him his first career save and the win for VCU.
- Game two saw the Rams on top first again, as Lamb opened the game with a single, but ended up on third thanks to a rushed throw. Witt then sent out a sacrifice fly to center to score him for a 1-0 lead.
- Binghamton came back with runs in the top of the second and the top of the fourth, and ultimately took a 2-1 lead.
- That lead would last only a short while, as a Zac Ching RBI single to right scored two runs to take a 3-2 lead. From there, the Rams would not look back and turn out multiple runs in the inning.
- Four RBI singles and a wild pitch scored an additional five runs for VCU, putting them ahead 8-2 in the fourth.
- The bottom of the sixth brought an additional seven runs for the Black & Gold, as four RBI singles, a bases loaded walk, and a Binghamton error led to the offensive outburst.
- With a 15-3 lead, VCU added three more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, highlighted by an RBI triple by Hogan Brown that scored two runs.
- Binghamton would add a run in the top of the eighth inning, but a clean ninth inning by Garrett Pearson gave the Rams the victory.
VCU will return to action this Tuesday, March 13 when the Rams travel to face East Carolina on the road. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.