RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Baseball team saw its four game winning streak come to an end on Saturday as visiting Monmouth recorded a 6-4 victory over the Rams on Saturday at The Diamond.
VCU drops to 5-5 on the season, while Monmouth improves to 4-3 with the victory.
"Monmouth did a good job of driving in runs early when they had the opportunity," said VCU head coach Paul Keyes. "They put together a few multiple run innings, and I felt that was the difference in this one. We put ourselves in a position to win late, with the tying runs on the bases and the game-winning run at the plate, but were unable to come through in the situation."
The Rams pushed one run across in the bottom of the first, as junior infielder Jordan Weymouth delivered a one-out double into right centerfield. Sophomore infielder Joey Cujas roped a single up the middle, to score Weymouth from second.
The Hawks would tally a pair of runs in both the third and fourth innings, extending their lead to 4-1.
Cujas helped the Rams get back in it, starting the bottom of the sixth off with a triple off the wall in centerfield. Redshirt junior Brent Mikionis delivered a hard shot to the Monmouth shortstop for a single, allowing Cujas to score.
After Monmouth scored a single run in the top of the seventh, VCU came right back with a run of its own, manufactured off a triple into right centerfield by sophomore outfielder Bill Cullen. Cullen came home to score on a wild pitch.
Monmouth added another run in the top off the eighth, extending its lead to 6-3.
The Rams had their chances in the bottom of the ninth to come back and win the game, pushing one run across early. The Rams kept the rally going, getting runners on first and second with two outs and Cujas at the plate. Cujas, representing the game-winning run, struck out to end the game and hand Monmouth the 6-4 victory.
Junior pitcher Kyle Haynes suffered the loss for the Rams, throwing 99 pitches in 6.2 innings pitched. Monmouth's Pat Light earned his second win of the season, going eight innings for the Hawks.
The Rams will get back at it tomorrow for a doubleheader with the Hawks, with the first game scheduled for a noon start. The third and final game of the series will start shortly after the conclusion of Sunday's first game.
"It will be a long day for all the guys, but they are young and should be able to handle it. We have two very evenly matched teams and it should make for a pair of great games," added Keyes.