VCU SNAPS SKID, DEFEATS LONGWOOD 10-4

RICHMOND, Va. – All nine Virginia Commonwealth University starters recorded at least one hit and the Rams snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 10-4 victory against Longwood University Wednesday evening at The Diamond.

VCU improves to 10-10 on the season, while Longwood falls to 9-9.

Sophomore first baseman Brent Mikionis collected a game-high four hits, while senior M.L. Morgan and sophomores Paul Nice and Taylor Perkins registered two hits apiece for VCU.

Meanwhile, Phil Cerreto and Robby Newman combined to record four of Longwood's seven hits on the night.

Redshirt-sophomore Michael Graham, who picked up his third win of the year, tossed five innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits.  He also finished with three strikeouts and no walks.  Longwood starter Chris Briere surrendered six runs on 11 hits and suffered his third loss of the season.

VCU wasted little time getting on the board as the Rams plated a run in the bottom of the first.  Morgan led off the frame with a single to right field and advanced to third following a one-out hit by Mikionis.  Morgan later scored on a wild pitch and gave the Black & Gold a 1-0 lead.

Newman evened the score with a solo home run in the third but VCU answered with a pair of runs on three hits in the bottom half of the inning and regained the lead for good.

Newman again came through for Longwood in the top of the fifth as he laced an RBI double into right field and pulled the Lancers within 3-2.  However, VCU answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame as Nice and John Lenherr each scored on an error before Matt Leskiw came home on a wild pitch, giving the Rams a four-run lead.

Longwood answered VCU's scoring spurt for the second straight time in the sixth.  Shortstop Scott Kimble ripped a one-out offering over the left field wall for his first home run of the season before Brant Jones scored on an infield single to cut the lead to 6-4.

Mikionis collected his fourth hit of the night to begin the seventh inning and later scored on a Leskiw single.  Nice then came home for the second time on a passed ball and the Rams increased their lead to 8-4.

VCU added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a pair of Longwood errors.

The Rams are set to begin Colonial Athletic Association play when they host Northeastern for a three-game series beginning Friday at 7 p.m., at The Diamond.

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