Final Score: VCU 11, Virginia 3
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records: VCU 17-8 (3-0 A-10), Virginia 14-11 (3-6 ACC)
The Short Story: It didn't take long for the VCU Rams to claim stake of their home field on Wednesday night, as a 7-0 lead after two innings turned into an 11-3 win over the Virginia Cavaliers in the annual "Duel at The Diamond". The Rams have now won 13 straight games, tying the longest recent win streak set by the Rams in 2015 en route through their Super Regional run.
- Mitchel Lacey reached base in all five of his at-bats on the night, finishing 1-for-1 with three walks and a hit by pitch. He also scored two runs and drove in an RBI.
- Daane Berezo led the hit parade with three on the night, finishing 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.
- The games winning pitcher, Hayden Moore, got the win in relief of Sam Ryan. He would toss 2.1 shutout innings, only allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out three.
- Zac Ching and Paul Witt each collected two hits, while Witt added two RBI's.
- Brett Willett and Steven Carpenter also added a pair of RBI's on the night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU started right off the bat in the bottom of the first inning, as the Rams took advantage of early control issues from Virginia's Griff McGarry. After walking the bases loaded, McGarry would hit Willett to force in the first run of the ballgame.
- With two out in the bottom of the first and the bases still loaded, Carpenter would smack a single right into center field. The hit would score two, putting VCU ahead 3-0 early.
- Rams kept the stove top hot in the bottom of the second, as they would add a four-run inning to their 3-0 lead. It started with a Hogan Brown single, who would score on a Witt RBI single.
- The big knock of the second inning came on a long fly ball off the bat of Willett, as Virginia's right fielder dropped the fly ball on the warning track, allowing two runs to score and Willett to reach third. Willett would score on a wild pitch on the following batter to complete the four run parade and give VCU a 7-0 lead.
- The Black & Gold put the cherry on top in the bottom of the eighth inning, as back-to-back RBI singles from Witt and Lacey accounted for two more runs, extending the lead out to 10-3. Willett would ground out but score another for the final run of the inning, putting the Rams ahead with an 11-3 lead.
- Ryan showed strong stuff in his 3.2 innings of work, allowing only three hits and one walk while striking out four. He would be relieved by Moore, who would keep the pack moving through the sixth inning.
- VCU's eighth run came in a big way, as Josh Simon smacked a ball that one-hopped the center field fence, scoring Ching easily from third base in the bottom of the fifth.
- Virginia cracked into the scoring column in the top of the fourth as Ryan came toward the end of his day. A walk with the bases loaded scored the first run for the Hoos, while a single off of Moore would bring home the other two runs that were charged to Ryan. At the time, that brought Virginia within scoring distance at 7-3.
VCU will return to action Friday, March 31 as the Rams will take on the Saint Louis Billikens on the road. Saint Louis are winners of their last 15 games, as it will be a matchup of the two longest active winning streaks in the country. First pitch on Friday is set for 7 p.m. EST.