RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University pounded out a season-high 18 hits and swept the three-game series against Cleveland State with a 13-1 victory Sunday afternoon at The Diamond.
VCU won for the fifth time in its last six games and improved to 7-3 on the season, while Cleveland State has dropped seven of its first eight games of the 2010 campaign.
Richard Gonzalez, Joe Van Meter and M.L. Morgan each had three hits for VCU and finished a combined 9-for-13 at the plate with six runs and eight RBI. Van Meter, who struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth inning, concluded his day just a home run shy of the cycle.
Right hander Seth Cutler-Voltz picked up his second win on the mound for VCU, allowing one run on three hits in eight innings. He also struck out a career-high 10 batters and did not surrender a walk.
VCU got on the board early with a pair of runs in the first inning. Greg Fujii drew a leadoff walk to start the frame and scored on a single by Gonzalez. Van Meter then tripled to right center and came home on a throwing error to give VCU an early 2-0 lead.
Eight batters came to the plate for the Rams in the second frame and VCU scored three runs on five hits and quickly took a 5-0 lead.
The Black & Gold, which had 14 hits in the first five innings alone, added three runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth and went ahead 13-1.
However, Cleveland State relievers Nate Dick and Brandon Cooper combined to retire the side in seventh and eighth innings. Fujii, who singled to lead off the seventh, was the only Ram to reach during that stretch.
VCU returns to The Diamond on Tuesday, March 9
when it hosts local Division III foe Randolph-Macon at 6 p.m.