May 21, 2010

GAME 2: JAMES MADISON 11, VCU 8

James Madison rallied for an 11-8 win in the nightcap behind 15 hits and forces VCU to win Saturday's finale in addition to a Georgia State loss for the Rams to claim the CAA regular season title.

Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with three runs and a RBI, while Van Meter and sophomore Brent Mikionis collected a pair of hits and drove in three runs apiece.  Sophomore Paul Nice also went 2-for-4.

Mikionis plated a pair with a single in the top of the first and VCU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but a three-run homer by Trevor Knight highlighted a five-run second inning rally for James Madison.  The Dukes then chased Rams starter Ryan Farrar with two more runs in the third and went ahead 7-2.

Van Meter collected his sixth straight hit of the night with a triple in the right center gap and Mikionis doubled down the left field line and VCU pulled within 7-4 in the bottom of the third.

However, the Dukes went on to plate runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh and extended their lead to 11-5.

Gonzalez drove in a run after a one-out single and Van Meter pulled VCU within 11-8 in the ninth but the Rams could not overcome a five-run deficit in the final frame.

VCU and James Madison will conclude the three-game series Saturday at 4 p.m.  All Little League players and coaches in uniform will receive free admission.

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