ARLINGTON, VA (WWBT) - VCU entered the Atlantic 10 Tournament as the hottest team in the league, and the Rams appear to be far from cooling off.
Shawn Stiffler's team pounded out 13 hits in a 14-3 victory over top-seeded Saint Louis on Thursday night on the second day of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. In two tournament games, the Rams have outscored opponents, 25-3.
VCU jumped out with three runs in the first, but essentially slammed the door in the third inning with a seven run frame. Darian Carpenter paced the Rams' bats, going 3-for-5 at the plate with a double, home run and five RBI. Hitters were also patient, drawing nine walks on the night, and got five additional free passes on being hit by pitches.
Heath Dwyer was a workhorse on the mound. He went 7.2 innings, giving up three runs, striking out five and walking five. Dwyer threw 145 pitches on the night.
VCU advances to face another group of Rams on Friday, as Rhode Island awaits. Richmond fell to Rhode Island on Thursday evening in heart-breaking fashion, 2-1.
Rhode Island forced the tying run across in the sixth inning to deadlock the contest 1-1. It would stay that way until the bottom of the ninth inning, when the Rams would score on a bases-loaded infield single to secure the walk-off win. Matt Dacey was 2-for-4 from the plate for the Spiders.
Dylan Stoops was strong in a no-decision on the mound, pitching 7.1 innings, giving up just one earned run and striking out three.
The Spiders face George Washington in an elimination game Friday at 10:00am, while the VCU-Rhode Island match-up is set for 5:00pm. The winner of that game moves on to the championship series.