VCU beats UVA for first time since 2003, 7-5

The following comes directly from VCU:

Final Score: VCU 7, #14 Virginia 5

Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)

Records: VCU 19-10, Virginia 18-12

 

The Short Story: Tuesday night brought the 2016 “Duel at The Diamond” to Richmond as the VCU squared off against #14 nationally ranked Virginia Cavaliers. Thanks to six total runs scored between the fifth and sixth innings, the Rams stunned UVA with a 7-5 win.

 

LEADING OFF

 

  • The Rams fed off the offense of Darian Carpenter and Logan Farrar. Carpenter led the way with a 3-for-4 night, solidifying the win with a three-run home run.
  • Farrar had a 3-for-4 night as well, adding in a double and scoring all three times he reached base.
  • Cooper Mickelson helped make the clock tick, putting together a 2-for-3 night with two RBI.
  • Zac Ching collected a hit in his first appearance since February, adding a run scored as well.
  • Starting pitcher Jonathan Ebersole collected his third win of the season, going 5.0 innings, giving up five hits, one run, and not allowing a walk.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

 

  • Virginia got things rolling in the bottom of the second inning, as Ryan Karstetter put a ground ball in play for a fielder’s choice, scoring Pavin Smith to but UVA up 1-0.
  • VCU found their way into the run column in the bottom of the third inning, as Mickelson put a single through the left side of the infield, scoring Farrar to tie the game at 1-1.
  • Thanks to a ground ball from Jimmy Kerrigan with Farrar on third in the bottom of the fifth, the Rams put up another one as Farrar broke for the plate on the crack of the bat. He slid safely into home to put VCU up 2-1.
  • The big punch of the inning belonged to Carpenter, who smacked the first pitch off new reliever Tyler Shambora over the left center field wall for a three-run home run, extending the Rams lead out to 5-1.
  • The Rams added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth, as a balk brought home Farrar and another RBI single from Mickelson for a total of two more runs. That would put the score to 7-1 in favor of VCU.
  • UVA fought back with a pair in the top of the seventh inning, as Adam Haseley smashed a two-run home run off of Tanner Winters putting the score to 7-3.
  • However, the Cavaliers would threaten in the top of the ninth by scoring two runs. However, Matt Jamer was able to close the door and hold on for the 7-5 win.

 

FROM THE BULLPEN

 

  • Matt Davis sparked the Rams with his defense once again, making a nice diving play up the middle to end an inning. Jimmy Kerrigan also made a diving catch in right, keeping UVA at bay.
  • The Rams victory over Virginia is their first since 2003, going 0-16 in the past 16 tries.
  • VCU only drew one walk the entire contest, while the Rams combined four pitchers only allowed three all game.
  • Both teams had bases loaded opportunities in the game, but neither side converted big innings with their opportunity.

 

WHAT’S NEXT

VCU will return to action this weekend, beginning on Friday, April 8 as the Rams travel to Rhode Island to take on another set of Rams for a three-game set. First pitch on Friday is set for 3 p.m.

 

The following comes directly from UVA:

VCU Defeats Virginia in Richmond, 7-5

Cavaliers return home Wednesday for 5 p.m. game against GW

 

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia baseball team lost at VCU, 7-5, Tuesday evening at The Diamond in Richmond. VCU (19-10) snapped a 16-game losing streak against the Cavaliers (18-12), dating to the 2003 season. UVA fell into a 7-1 hole after six innings but chipped away and twice had the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning before VCU capped off the win.

 

“We had some opportunities, particularly early in the game, but we did not execute to take advantage of them,” Virginia head coach Brian O’Connor said. “We need to show a little more fight throughout the game and we aren’t doing that enough.”

 

Ernie Clement (So., Rochester, N.Y.) and Daniel Pinero (Jr., Toronto, Ontario) each went 3-for-5, while Adam Haseley (So., Windermere, Fla.) hit a two-run home run for the Cavaliers. UVA finished with 10 hits, while VCU had 11.

 

UVA starter Daniel Lynch (Fr., Henrico, Va.) worked 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs (two earned), six hits and a walk with five strikeouts. He took the loss and dropped to 1-3 on the year. VCU starter Jonathan Ebersole (3-2) pitched five innings, giving up an earned run and five hits to earn the win.

 

Virginia loaded the bases with none out in the second inning, with Ryan Karstetter (Fr., State College, Pa.) driving home Pavin Smith (So., Jupiter, Fla.) on a fielder’s choice to shortstop. UVA’s bid for a second run was thwarted when Pinero was thrown out at the plate on a suicide squeeze.

 

VCU tied the game in the third inning on Cooper Mickelson’s run-scoring single, but missed an opportunity for more by leaving the bases loaded.

 

VCU took the lead for good with a four-run fifth inning. Logan Farrar hustled out a leadoff double to right-center, moved to third on a Mickelson sacrifice and scored when Jimmy Kerrigan’s slow grounder to third was thrown errantly home by Justin Novak (So., Tokyo, Japan). After Lynch hit Matt Davis with a pitch, UVA went to Tyler Shambora (Jr., Venice, Fla.) out of the bullpen, but Darian Carpenter crushed Shambora’s first offering over the left-field wall for a three-run home run.

 

The Rams pushed their lead to 7-1 in the sixth inning, but UVA countered with a two-run homer from Haseley in the seventh.

 

Virginia made things interesting in the ninth inning when Matt Thaiss (Jr., Jackson, N.J.) cranked an RBI double to right field and Smith hit an RBI groundout to cut it to 7-5, but Pinero struck out to end the threat. Thaiss extended his hit streak to nine games with his ninth-inning base hit.

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