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PREVIEW: VCU vs. Fordham

A Battle of the Rams in the Bullpen this weekend!

PREVIEW: VCU vs. Fordham

This weekend at the Diamond, VCU Baseball collides with Fordham in their next Atlantic 10 series. Both Rams sit in the top 4 of the conference with the Black & Gold trying to stay ahead alone in first place.

VCU: (25-8 Overall, 8-1 A-10)

VCU smacked La Salle in a dominant 3-0 sweep in Philadelphia. The Rams outscored the Explorers 48-12 on the road including a historic 28-4 shellacking last Sunday. 28 runs were the most VCU batted in this season and hasn’t been done since 2004. (29-2 win vs. Fairleigh Dickinson)

Old Dominion derailed VCU’s 6 game win streak in Norfolk on Tuesday. The Monarchs sprung a 9th inning comeback and scored 2 runs to edge VCU 6-5.

Zac Ching’s road performance led to his first A-10 Player of the Week honor. The VCU senior went to bat 9 times at La Salle and connected on 8 hits. Ching had 7 runs, 3 doubles and a home run against the Explorers.

The Rams are one game ahead of Dayton and Rhode Island in first place at 8-1 in conference play. VCU roams into the weekend winning 5 straight conference games (2 vs. Davidson, 3 at La Salle)

Fordham: (21-13 Overall, 6-3 A-10)

Fordham is in fourth place with a chance to move up the A-10 rankings. The visiting herd from the Bronx has a talented pitching rotation with 5 different Rams picking up weekly A-10 honors. Anthony DiMeglio is the latest Fordham Ram that was named A-10 Co-Pitcher of the Week.

Siena took down Fordham in New York 12-0 on Wednesday. Fordham only trailed Siena 4-0 before the Saints scored 8 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning. The Saints got the last laugh after falling to Fordham 5-4 in the Bronx the previous week.

Leading the way for Fordham to possible redemption on the mound this weekend is John Stankiewicz. Stankiewicz leads the Atlantic 10 with a 1.02 ERA and has 5 conference wins with 57 strikeouts. VCU’s Conor Gillispie is second in the A-10 with a 1.57 ERA.

Speaking Of Redemption…Rematch!

This battle of the Rams happened only once last season in the 2018 A-10 Baseball Tournament. Fordham defeated VCU 3-2 in the opening round thanks to a late eight-inning run.

VCU’s slugging advantage continues to surge at .545% to lead the conference. Fordham sits at the bottom of the A-10 table in this category at .311%. A battle of VCU’s hitters versus Fordham’s pitching to see which side winds up victorious.

Play Nice Mother Nature

Friday’s game has been moved up due to possible inclement weather making landfall at the Diamond. The start times are down below and VCUSports.com will share any time changes due to Mother Nature over the weekend.

  • Friday, April 12th- 3:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 13th- 2:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 14th- 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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