VCU BATTLES GEORGIA STATE TO 14-14 TIE IN 10 INNINGS
RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University and Georgia State University battled to a 14-14, 10-inning tie Sunday afternoon in the finale of a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series at The Diamond. Georgia State tied the game with a pair of runs in the top of the ninth but neither team could scratch across a run before the league's curfew rule, which assures the visiting team's travel plans remain on schedule, came into effect.
Sophomore Brent Mikionis went 3-for-6 with a homerun, double and five RBI to lead VCU. Junior Joe Van Meter finished 2-for-4 with four RBI, while senior Doug Otto and sophomore Taylor Perkins each collected a pair of hits for the Rams.
Georgia State (23-17-1, 7-4,1 CAA) got on the board first for the third time in the series. Mark Micowski hit a groundball to the left side of the VCU infield but it took a hop off the lip of the infield grass and bounced into left center for a leadoff single. Brett Maxwell then followed with a bunt single to place runners on first and second with no out. Micowski stole third base but catcher Nate Furry's throw got past Van Meter at third and two runs scored to give Georgia State an early lead.
VCU (22-17-1, 11-2-1 CAA) got a run back in the bottom of the first after senior Matt Leskiw singled and scored. Mikionis then tied the game at 2-2 with a solo home run to leadoff the second inning.
Joey Wood hit a high chopper behind third base and beat out a long throw from Van Meter to lead off the third for Georgia State. Bradley Logan followed with a two-run shot over the left field fence and the Panthers regained the lead at 4-2.
Georgia State added two more runs in fourth on two hits and a pair of VCU miscues. Justin Malone singled to lead off the frame and later scored, and Micowski, who reached on a fielding error, came home after Furry's throw on a steal attempt at second landed in centerfield.
Five consecutive batters reached to start the frame and VCU used a six-run fifth inning to take its first lead of the game at 8-6. Leskiw was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded before senior Richard Gonzalez chased Georgia State starter Ryan Moore after he lined a two-RBI double into right field. Otto drove in a run with a bunt, while Van Meter and Mikionis each collected RBI singles in the inning.
The bats remained hot for VCU as the Rams scored five more runs in the bottom of the sixth to go on top 13-6. Otto sent an RBI single into right, Van Meter lifted a sacrifice fly into center and Mikionis came through with a bases-clearing double into left.
However, Georgia State stormed back and pulled within 13-12 after plating six runs over the next two frames.
Gonzalez drew a leadoff walk to start the eighth and scored on an infield single by Van Meter and VCU built a two-run cushion heading into the final inning.
Logan doubled into right center to start the Panthers' rally and Carl Moniz followed with an infield single to place runners on first and second with no out. Brandon Williams lined a one-out single into right and pulled Georgia State within a run. Jonathan Kolowich then drew a walk to load the bases but Williams, who was running on the pitch, scored after Furry's throw sailed into left field.
Neither team could break the tie before the curfew rule came into effect.
VCU will be back in action on Wednesday, April 28 when it hosts in-state foe Virginia Military Institute at 7 p.m. at The Diamond.