MALIBU, Calif. – The VCU Baseball team scored one run in the top of the first inning, but Pepperdine recorded the next six runs of the contest to claim the 6-1 victory over VCU at Pepperdine's Eddy D. Field Stadium.
"It turned out to be a pretty good game," said VCU Head Coach Paul Keyes. "We came out of the gates and got one early and it was a pretty good game going into the fifth. In that inning we were just unable to make a play or deliver a pitch to finish off that inning. Pepperdine did a great job in the situation and got ahead as a result. After that we just couldn't come back. They did a great job and you have to give them a ton a of credit."
The Rams only run of the contest came in the top of the first, with junior infielder Jordan Weymouth driving a triple into right center field to get into scoring position. Sophomore infielder Joey Cujas plated Weymouth (pictured right) with a ground out to the shortstop.
The Waves manufactured a run in the bottom of the third, as James Grandpre kicked things off with a double into the gap in left center. Grandpre would advance to third on a single to right, before coming home to score on a sacrifice fly to center field.
In bottom of the fifth, Austin Davidson led things off for the Waves with a solo home run off the scoreboard in right field. The Rams settled in and got the next two outs, before Pepperdine put together five runs off of timely hitting and effective baserunning.
Pepperdine's Corey Miller earned the victory after pitching eight innings and only allowing three hits.
VCU senior Seth Cutler-Voltz takes the loss, his first of the season, after throwing five innings and allowing six runs. Junior pitcher Brennan Huelse delivered three solid innings of relief, allowing just one hit and striking out four.
The Rams will be back at it tomorrow, meeting with the Waves for the second and final game of this two game series.
"Obviously we are going to come out and hopefully have a better pregame routine," added Keyes. "Hopefully we have a better focus and get a good outing from (sophomore RHP) Ryan Morrison. It's a typical midweek game, fifth game for us now in six days. We will see how we can handle it mentally and accept the challenge."
The first pitch for tomorrow's game is scheduled for 2 p.m., pacific time.