VMI Baseball Shuts Down Gardner-Webb 10-0

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Andrew Jones ’26 pitched six innings with six strikeouts against Gardner-Webb University April 6.—Photo courtesy VMI Athletics.

VMI baseball (17-17, 2-4 SoCon) put on a clinic against Gardner-Webb University (11-19, 2-7 Big South) with an emphatic 10-0 victory at John Henry Moss Stadium in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, April 6.

The Keydets recorded their first shutout of the season, allowing a season-low three hits while punching out nine.

Key Stats

  • Eight of the nine VMI starters recorded a hit
  • Andrew Jones ’26 pitched a gem to tab win number three, going six innings with six strikeouts and not allowing a hit until the fourth inning
  • Ryan Peterson ’25 had a career-like game at the plate, knocking two hits with three RBI and a home run
  • Trey Morgan ’24, Cole Raile ’27, and Grayson Fitzwater ’26 each had a multi-hit game
  • Raile, Morgan, and Brett Cook ’24 scored two runs apiece
  • Jack Thompson ’24 nabbed his first save of 2024 after throwing three innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three
  • Keydets’ pitching staff allowed no extra-base hits
  • This was VMI’s 11th double-digit scoring game and 17th double-digit hit outing

Scoring Summary

  • VMI scored a pair in the first inning off a Fitzwater single, and then an Owen Prince ’26 RBI ground out to go up 2-0
  • Kazuya Jordan ’26 added another run in the third with a double to left field
  • Raile was able to score off a Justin Starke ’24 fielder’s choice right before Prince walked with the bases loaded for his second RBI of the day
  • In the fifth, Peterson belted his second home run of the season to put the Keydets up 6-0
  • VMI added more insurance in the final inning, posting four runs off three hits

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