VCU ended GW’s colonization of Richmond with a series victory.
The Rams and Colonials played 3 games in 2 days after Friday’s scheduled game was postponed due to inclement weather. This pushed Sean Thompson’s usual Friday start back to early on Saturday. Brooks Vial pitched the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader and Michael Dailey made his second Sunday start of the season. The trio gave strong performances in this series, Vial (3-3) and Dailey (3-2) both earned victories.
Thompson clearly didn’t have his best outing but he gave VCU a chance to win in his start. In his game, the Rams lost 4-2. All 3 of Thompson’s earned runs came in the 3rd inning. The junior fell victim to a perfectly placed bunt for a hit that advanced a runner to third. VCU’s ace was charged with the run after the catcher, Josh Simon, attempted to throw out a runner stealing second which allowed the runner on third to score. After a base hit to bring in GW’s 2nd run, the Colonials dropped down another bunt for a base hit, scoring another run. It was a 5 hit 3 run inning that looked much worse for Thompson on paper than in person. It was a tough luck 3rd frame of work for the starter who easily sat down the first 6 batters he faced.
The right-hander only faced 8 batters of the next 2 frames of work. His day ended with 2 outs in the 6th and runners on second and third. Benjamin Dum came in for relief and got the next batter to fly out. GW owned a 3-2 lead after 6.
Sean Thompson’s final line- 5 2/3 8 hits 3 earned runs 1BB and 4 K’s
The Rams’ offense was limited to just 2 runs. The first run came in the 2nd inning off a Zac Ching bunt, his 2 out bunt brought home Mitchell Lacey. His run was unearned; Lacey advanced earlier on a wild pitch.
The Black and Gold offense was stagnant after that until an 8th inning pinch home run from J.P. Vail. He used a golf swing to send the ball over the right field wall. Vail’s homer cut the lead down to 1. Batting as a lefty, the switch-hitter got his first homer run of the year.
GW answered with an unearned run in the 9th. The Rams needed 3 pitchers to make it through the inning.
VCU, down 4-2, gave themselves a chance in the 9th. They loaded the bases with 2 outs before Zac Ching grounded out to the pitcher to end the game.
Just 45 minutes after a 2 run performance the VCU offense came alive in game 2. Sweeney Shane was the GW starter. He had an outing to forget, allowing 7 earned runs in just 2 plus innings of work.
His Black and Gold counterpart, Brooks Vial pitched 7 innings of shutout baseball while allowing only 3 hits and 2 walks. Vial struck out 5 GW batters. Darian Carpenter was crushing the ball in this game. The senior hit a double and triple as part of a 3 hit day. Mitchell Lacey had 3 hit day and like Carpenter scored 2 runs and helped out with a RBI. Zac Ching added 3 RBI’s during his 2 hit performance; that led the team. Freshman Steven Carpenter proved how well he is seeing the ball right now with a 4 walk game, and scored 3 runs. As a team the Rams had 14 hits and 9 walks during their 11-2 beat down of the Colonials.
The series finale saw another breakout game for this offense. They won 10-2, thanks to an explosive 6th inning; where they scored 7 runs. The top of the lineup for VCU carried the Rams attack. The first 4 hitters (Daane Berezo, Logan Farrar, Alex Gransback and Paul Witt) were a combined 8-16 with 7 runs, 8 RBI’s and 2 walks.
Michael Dailey gave his team a strong start. He allowed just 2 runs on 3 hits. Dailey also struck out 6 Colonials. He didn’t give up a hit until the 6th inning. The entire series saw solid VCU pitching, there were only 8 runs scored against them in 3 games.
The Rams are now 16-12 and 5-1 in the A-10. They will face William and Mary on Tuesday before a weekend series at UMASS.