Score: VCU 9, George Washington 7
Location: Richmond, Va. (The Diamond)
Records: VCU 30-14 (13-5 A-10), George Washington 24-20 (7-11)
The short story: Sophomore first baseman Liam Hibbitts went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs to lead a 12-hit attack, while senior righthander Curtis Bafus smothered a late George Washington charge in a 9-7 VCU come-from-behind victory Sunday at The Diamond.
- VCU trailed 5-0 after four innings, but scored three runs in the fourth and five in the fifth to take control
- The Rams took two of three from the Colonials on the weekend to move past Davidson and back into first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference race
- Four Rams recorded at least two base hits. Junior third baseman Brett Norwood finished 2-for-3 at the plate, including a double, and scored three runs
- Juniors Brandon Henson and Paul Witt also recorded a pair of base hits for VCU
- Bafus registered the second save of his VCU career. He scattered four hits over the final 2 2/3 innings and struck out four. He did not allow a run
- Noah Levin was credited with three hits, and Dom D'Alessandro ripped his ninth homer of the season to lead George Washington
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Trailing 5-3 with one out and a runner on in the bottom of the fifth, the Rams kicked off a rally with three straight singles, including run-scoring base hits by Witt and Hibbitts, to tie the game at 5-5. Two batters later, pinch hitter Andrew Puglielli drove home Witt with an RBI groundout for a 6-5 lead. VCU would not trail again. A GW passed ball and a wild pitch pushed the Rams' lead to 8-5
- Eyeing a 5-0 deficit, VCU senior shortstop Zac Ching led off the fourth with a double to left center. Junior Brett Norwood followed with a walk, and Witt singled to load the bases. Hibbitts promptly laced a single to left to score a pair. VCU would tack on a sacrifice fly a short time later to make it 5-3
- Bafus put runners on the corners with one out in the ninth, but was able to induce a 5-3 double play to secure the VCU victory
- George Washington stormed out of the gate with one run in the first, two in the second and one each in the third and fourth to grab a 5-0 lead
VCU will play host to in-state rival Virginia in the "Duel at The Diamond" on Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m.