March 13, 2010

RAMS SWEPT IN SATURDAY DOUBLE-DIP

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –  The Virginia Commonwealth University baseball team dropped a pair of games in Saturday action at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, 10-6 to Bethune-Cookman, as well as a 12-11 loss to Wagner.            

Game 1: Bethune-Cookman 10, VCU 6 - Box Score
Sophomore Brett Mikionis (Powhatan, Va./Powhatan ) went 3-for-4 with a double for VCU, but a disastrous sixth inning allowed Bethune-Cookman to pull away for the victory.

The Rams led, 6-5, through five innings, but allowed four runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Wildcats (6-9) tied the game when a balk brought Justin Hoyte home. A short time later, Ryan Durrence blasted a two-run go-ahead homer. B-CU would add another run in the frame to grab a 9-6 advantage.

VCU took a 6-3 lead with three runs in the top of the third, when they were helped by four Bethune-Cookman errors. However, that three-run cushion was short-lived.

In the bottom half of the inning, the Wildcats' Peter O'Brien singled and Emmanuel Castro homered to trim the margin to 6-5.

The Rams banged out 12 hits in all, including two each by Otto, senior Richard Gonzalez (Caguas, Puerto Rico/PRBA) and sophomore Paul Nice (Powhatan, Powhatan).

Freshman Ryan Farrar (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) took the loss for VCU. He is 0-2.

Game 2: Wagner 12, VCU 11 - Box Score
Sophomore Taylor Perkins (Dinwiddie, Va./Dinwiddie) had four hits, including his second home run, and drove in five runs to highlight a 17-hit attack for the Rams.

VCU rallied from an 11-9 deficit in the seventh. With one out, the Rams loaded the bases on consecutive singles by Mikionis, Nice and junior John Lenherr (Windham, Kansas/Johnson County C.C.). Perkins followed with a two-run single to left field to knot the score at 11-all.  

However, Wagner's Kevin McDonnell answered in the bottom half of the inning with a double to left field to plate Vin Avella for a 12-11 lead.

Mikionis added three more hits in the nightcap, giving him six on the day. Lenherr also collected three hits, while Gonzalez and junior Greg Fuji (San Jose, Calif/San Jose City College) added two.

Saturday's losses snapped VCU's five-game winning streak and dropped the Rams to 9-5 on the year.

The Rams return to action on Sunday, March 14 when they complete their Florida road trip with a 12 p.m. tilt against Bethune-Cookman at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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