Baseball dominant against VMI and Longwood University

Peter Mason
Contributing Writer

Freshman right hand pitcher Sean Thompson pitched six innings against VMI on Tuesday, March 24, giving up no hits. Photos by Brooke Marsh

The men’s baseball team only gave up one run en route to two blowout victories on Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25, as the Rams soundly defeated Virginia Military Institute and Longwood University, respectively.

First, the Rams trampled VMI 18-0 at the Diamond. VCU led 3-0 after six innings of play against the Keydets. Runs were scored from junior outfielder Cody Acker and pitcher Brett Hileman in the second inning, followed by a run in the fifth from senior infielder Vimael Machin.

In the seventh inning the Rams managed 11 hits and had the runs to match to take a 14-0 lead. Sophomore infielder Matt Davis scored twice.

In the eighth inning, the Rams tacked on four more before bringing the game to an end. Freshman infielder Jeff Welch scored a run off a walk by freshman infielder Mitchel Lacey for the first of those four runs. Lacey was the last Ram to reach home before the game ended with an 18-0 victory for VCU, in which five Rams scored two runs apiece.

The Diamond was next visited by the Lancers of Longwood University, where the Rams again put on a hitting display with an 8-1 victory. The Lancers scored the only run against VCU in both home games.

A single from Machin allowed sophomore in/outfielder Logan Farrar to score the first run of the game in the first inning, giving the Rams a 1-0 advantage. In the third, Davis scored a run off a single from sophomore infielder Darrian Carpenter, which doubled the Rams’ lead to 2-0.

In the fourth, Longwood’s senior rightfielder Brandon Delk scored the only run of the game for the Lancers off of a single from sophomore infielder Alex Lewis. This cut VCU’s lead to 2-1, but the Rams got right back in control of things with two runs in the fifth, followed by two more in the sixth, then another two in the eighth. The game ended with an 8-1 victory for VCU.

Bunn led the team in RBIs with three, while he and Davis each led the team in runs with two apiece.

With the win, VCU improved their record to 13-10 and begin Atlantic 10 Conference play with a three game series against the University of Massachusetts March 27-29, following the two dominate wins.

The Rams had another dominanting performance against the University of Massachusetts on Friday, March 27, winning their first conference contest 16-3.

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