GAME #1: VCU 6, Northeastern
Junior Joe Van Meter (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) hit a walk-off, bases loaded single to give VCU a 6-5 comeback victory over Northeastern in game one of Saturday's doubleheader.
With the score tied at 5-5, senior M.L. Morgan (Petersburg, Va.) led off the bottom of the ninth with a single to left center, his third hit of the ballgame. Senior Richie Gonzalez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) followed with a sacrifice bunt attempt. Northeastern pitcher Charly Bashara went to second with his throw, but the ball carried into left field and put runners on second and third. The Huskies intentionally walked junior Doug Otto (Jefferson City, Mo.) to load the bases with nobody out and set the stage for Van Meter.
With the infield and outfield drawn in, Van Meter lifted a 2-2 pitch over the head of Northeastern first baseman Matt Miller to score Morgan and hand the Rams their first conference victory of the season.
Junior Jonathan Watson (Richmond,Va.) threw three innings of scoreless relief to earn his first victory of the season. Watson (1-0) allowed three hits and a walk while striking out one. Bashara (1-1) took the loss for the Huskies.
VCU (12-10, 2-0) trailed, 4-0, before the Rams were able to muster some offense against NU starting pitcher Les Williams. In the bottom of the fifth, pinch hitter Taylor Perkins (Dinwiddie, Va.) singled through the right side to score junior John Lenherr (Windom, Kan.). Two batters later, with runners on second and third, Gonzalez punched a two-out, two-run double over the head of Northeastern right fielder Tony DiCesare to pull the Rams within 4-3. Otto followed with an RBI single to knot the score at 4-4.
Northeastern (6-7, 0-2) retook the lead in the top of the sixth on a Ryan Maguire RBI single, but VCU was quick to answer. Van Meter, who was 2-of-5 in the game, led off the sixth with a single, stole second, and came around to score on a single to left by Lenherr. Lenherr was 3-of-4 with an RBI in game one.