VCU falls to Marist after the Red Wolves hounded the Rams’ pitchers for 15 runs.
The Rams got on the board first with a second inning RBI double off the bat of Zac Ching, scoring Dylan Isquirdo. Haiden Lamb brought in his teammate with a single up the middle. VCU owned a 2-0 lead after 2 innings.
Connor Gillispie got off to a strong start to the game. Gillispie struck out 2 of his first 3 batters. In the second inning, he began to show some command issues. He walked a batter and hit another but the starter got out of it without surrendering a run. It started to fall apart for Gillispie in the 3rd innings. The Freshamn pitcher loaded the bases then walked in a run. That prompted a pitching change. Jonathan Ebersole came in to clean up the mess. Ebersole recorded a strikeout for the first out of the inning but a single up the middle allowed 2 runs to score. They had Andrew Rouse picked off at first with Frankie Gregiore at 3rd with one out. They couldn’t apply the tag on Rouse and Gregiore stole home. That put a runner on second with just run out and allowed the Red Wolves to score their 4th run of the game all in the 3rd inning. That closed to book on starting pitcher, Connor Gillispie’s day. He gave up 4 runs on 5 walks and 2 hits. Gillispie only allowed 2 hits in his 2+ innings of work.
With a runner on third Taveras hit a hard ground ball to freshmen Paul Witt at short, he couldn’t collect it cleanly and his throw to first was not in time. The error allowed Rouse to score from third it was the 5th run of the game for Marist. Taveras would eventually steal second, that stolen base proved costly for the Rams. Iantosca singled to left field, it was nearly hit hard enough for Haiden Lamb to make a catch on it but it fell just in front of the left fielder. Taveras would come around to score from second. Finally, the frame ended with a strike out. Marist led 6-2.
Eboresole’s day ended in the 4th inning with no outs. He gave up a 2-run blast that cleared the right field wall. The senior was charged with 4 runs, only two of them were earned. Benjamin Dum managed to get the game under control again by getting all three outs of the inning while facing just 4 batters. The only base runner reached due to an error by second baseman Zac Ching.
VCU got their chance to strike back against the Red Wolves in the 4th. They loaded the bases with one out. Lead-off hitter Daane Berezo fouled off a handful of pitches before hitting a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Josh Simon from third. Simon pinch ran for catcher, Dylan Isquirdo. Isquirdo hit an RBI single before coming out of the game. Simon would stay in the game to catch in Isquirdo’s stead. That’s all the damage they could inflict on the Wolves in the 4th.
The Red Wolves would put crooked numbers on the score board in the next 2 innings while blanking VCU. Marist scored a run in every inning between the 3rd and 8th.
VCU manager Shawn Stiffler needed 5 pitchers to get through the first 5 innings. Only one, Ben Nelson, was not charged with a run. The other 4 gave up at least 2 runs apiece, however Nelson only faced 1 batter. Stiffler was unable to get more than 2 frames from any of his pitchers. Stiffler needed 8 pitchers to record 27 outs. By the time the 27th out was recorded the score was 15-6. The Rams went quietly in the 9th, suffering their largest defeat of the season.
VCU will travel to UNC Wilmington for a 3 game weekend series. The Black and Gold are 10-7 on the season. This loss snapped a 4-game winning streak.
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