RAMS SHUT DOWN IN SERIES FINALE WITH BETHUNE-COOKMAN, 8-1

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Sophomore first baseman Brent Mikionis (Powhatan, Va.) finished 2-for-4, but was one of the only bright spots for Virginia Commonwealth University in an 8-1 loss to Bethune-Cookman Sunday at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

VCU, which lost to the Wildcats, 10-6 on Saturday, went 0-for-3 on the weekend to fall to 9-6 overall. Bethune-Cookman is 8-9.

Mikionis was 8-of-13 in three games over the weekend, including Sunday's two hits. He is now hitting .432 this season with nine RBI.

The Rams struggled to get their offense going against Wildcat starter Rayan Gonzalez (2-2), who threw 4 2/3 perfect innings before Mikionis rapped a single to left center. Gonzalez allowed just one hit and two walks in seven innings of work. He struck out seven.

Prior to Sunday, VCU had collected at least 12 hits in six straight games. The Rams managed three against Bethune-Cookman, two by Mikionis, as well as a pinch-hit single by junior Michael Cheatham (Chesterfield, Va.) in the eighth.

VCU's lone run actually came without the benefit of a hit. Mikionis reached on a three-base error to lead off the top of the eighth and scored on a groundout by freshman Paul Nice (Powhatan, Va.).

Black and Gold starter Seth Cutler-Voltz (Richmond, Va.) allowed eight runs, five earned, over seven innings of work and took his first loss of the year. He is 2-1.

Bethune-Cookman jumped on Cutler-Voltz for two runs in the second inning on a Jeremy Davis single, a followed by a Brandon Turner double and a Justin Hoyte single. The Wildcats would add four runs in the third and two more in the fourth to grab an 8-0 lead.

VCU returns to action on Tuesday, March 16, when it hosts Norfolk State at The Diamond in Richmond, Va. for a non-conference affair. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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