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Series Preview: VCU vs. Davidson

Two of the Atlantic 10’s best collide at the Diamond!

Series Preview: VCU vs. Davidson

This weekend at the Diamond, VCU and Davidson take the field in a 3 game series with high stakes at the top of the Atlantic 10. Both teams sit at 3-0 in conference play alongside Saint Joseph’s for first place.

VCU (3-0 A-10, 19-6 Overall)

VCU Baseball is currently on a 5 game winning streak. The Rams started with a 6-0 win versus Towson before sweeping Massachusetts in their first A-10 series of the season. Last Tuesday VCU tied their highest run tally of the season in a 15-2 win over VMI at the Diamond.

Those bats are swinging at a high rate led by Zac Ching with 35 hits after 25 games. VCU has 4 Rams with 32 hits or more this season alongside Ching: Paul Witt – 34, Hogan Brown – 33, Liam Hibbits – 32.

With the least amount of at-bats in the A-10 (82), VCU has managed the fourth-best slugging percentage at .439. That includes 23 hits, 12 RBIs, 7 doubles, and 2 home runs.

Connor Gillispie and Mac McCarty are letting the ball rip from the mound. Gillispie has registered 44 strikeouts with a 1.64 ERA and McCarty has 4 saves for VCU.

Davidson (3-0 A-10, 13-7 Overall)

Before losing to Duke 7-2, Davidson was on a 7 game winning streak. The Blue Devils scored 3 runs in the 4th inning while the Wildcats were held scoreless until the 8th inning. Davidson had a good start to A-10 play with a sweep over La Salle at home. The Wildcats outscored the Explorers 33-11 in those 3 games.

Ruben Fontes aims to crank a few home runs at the Diamond as the A-10’s home run leader with 8 on the season. Fontes also leads the Wildcats in RBIs (22), runs (20), and slugging percentage (.645). As a team, Davidson is 2nd in hits (37), runs (31), RBIs (31), and slugging percentage (.623).

With one of the conference’s productive offenses, Davidson’s pitching is a working weak point. A 3.67 ERA average and 20 strikeouts has the Wildcats pitching near the middle of the A-10 table. Josh Hudson is Davidson’s golden boy on the mound with a team-high 29 strikeouts.

The Previous Series of Yesteryear

Last season’s VCU/Davidson series took place at Wilson Field where Davidson won the series 2-1. VCU lost the first game 10-9 after Davidson erased a 7-2 deficit and scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th.

VCU responded the following game scoring a 14-1 victory. The Rams were up 7-1 and blasted 6 runs in the 7th inning to put the game out of reach. Davidson got retribution with a 13-9 win in Game 3. Over the last two seasons, VCU and Davidson are even at 3-3 after 6 contests.

PLAY BALL!

First place is on the line at the Diamond between VCU and Davidson. Cheer on the Black & Gold in the ball-park this weekend!

Friday, March 29th– 6:30 PM

Saturday, March 30th– 2:00 PM

Sunday, March 31st– 1:00 PM

Mark graduated from VCU in 2014 with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. He started as a fan of the Black & Gold in the stands his freshman year. Mark was known as "Kazie" for his charismatic fandom with the VCU's student organization the Rowdy Rams. While at VCU he gained experience in sports media with WVCW on a sports radio show called Rowdy Radio. Following graduation, Mark continued crafting his social media skills with the Richmond Kickers while also handling VCU coverage. He is a true fan of the Rams and vocally passionate on and off camera. After the final whistle, you can probably find him at local RVA bar or brewery enjoying a drink and conversation.

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