VCU is where busting brackets happen.
In case you’ve been under a rock the last 48 hours, VCU Baseball captured its first NCAA Regional Championship Monday night with a 3-1 win over top-seeded Dallas Baptist in Dallas. The Rams are just the fifth No. 4 seed to advance to the Super Regionals. This is, in effect, NCAA Baseball’s “Sweet 16”.
VCU (40-23) will head to Coral Gables, where it will meet the Miami Hurricanes (47-15), the fifth overall seed in the tournament. The teams will play a best-of-3 series Friday, Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday. The winner will head to Omaha for the College World Series. All games are scheduled for noon. Friday and Saturday’s games will be televised on ESPNU. Sunday’s possible game would be broadcast on ESPN2.
This is crazy. All of it. On May 5, VCU was 26-22 following a loss to Norfolk State. The Rams needed to win their final six conference games just to make the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Now, they’re writing history every time they take the field. Some fun facts about this postseason:
- Since May 7, VCU is 14-1.
- VCU has not allowed more than three runs in any of those 15 games.
- The Rams allowed a total of five runs in four Dallas Regional games.
- Shortstop Vimael Machin batted 8-of-14 (.571) in the regional.
- Senior lefty Matt Lees appeared in three of four regional games and threw 7 1/3 innings of 3-hit ball. He earned the save in Monday’s clinching victory with 3 2/3 innings of 1-hit relief.
- Lees broke VCU’s career mark for appearances (120) Monday. His ERA this season is an absurd 0.76.
A handful of stories on VCU’s historic win:
- Former Coach Paul Keyes Still on Rams’ Minds (CollegeBaseballInsider.com)
- Leadership Personified (Greg Burton – Center for Sport Leadership)
- Photo Gallery of Monday’s Clinching Win (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- VCU Takes Dallas Regional (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Plus, there’s stuff like this:
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 2, 2015
— VCU Athletics (@VCUathletics) June 2, 2015
— Ed McLaughlin (@GoVCURamsAD) June 2, 2015