RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Baseball team thought it would contribute to what is commonly known as "March Madness" on Sunday afternoon at The Diamond, as the team fought all the way back from a 7-0 deficit to claim a 9-8 victory over visiting Towson.
After knotting the score at 8-8 in the bottom of the eighth, the Rams called upon senior pitcher Seth Cutler-Voltz (pictured below) in the top of the ninth to shutdown the Tigers. Voltz retired the side, allowing the Ram bats to stay hot.
VCU sophomore infielder Joey Cujas led off the inning with a double into shallow right field. The Tigers intentionally walked senior catcher Taylor Perkins, before redshirt junior outfielder Taylor Buran laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Cujas and Perkins up one base. Redshirt junior Brent Mikionis strode to the plate, and hit a slow roller to the shortstop, which allowed Cujas to score and earn the victory.
VCU improves to 10-6 overall and 2-1 in conference play, while Towson drops to 6-7 and 1-2 in CAA games.
"Give credit to Towson, we started off slow and they got a few on us early," said VCU head coach Paul Keyes. "But we didn't quit, we kept battling back and strung together a pair of four run innings to get back in it. I thought (Freshman) Matt Lees was solid for us out of the bullpen, before he turned it over to Cutler-Voltz in the ninth."
After trailing 7-0 entering the bottom of the fourth, the Rams got things going with four runs in the frame. Junior infielder Jordan Weymouth led off with a single, before taking second on a wild pitch. After Cujas drew a walk, Perkins roped a double down the left field line, scoring Weymouth from second and advancing Perkins to third. Sophomore Chris Ayers hit a sacrifice fly to center field, which was deep enough to score Cujas at third. Mikionis came to the plate and lined a home run just over the wall in left field to cut the score to 7-4.
After Towson added a lone run in the top of the sixth to extend the lead to 8-4, the Rams waited patiently for the right time to strike. In the bottom of the eighth, the Black & Gold found their chance as they manufactured four runs in the inning to tie the game at 8-8.
Cutler-Voltz picked up the victory for VCU, retiring the side for the Rams in the top of the ninth to give his team a chance to win in the bottom of the frame. Lees pitched four innings in today's game, allowing only two hits and one run.
After enjoying an 11 game homestand, the Rams will hit the road for the next five games, including this Tuesday's game at East Carolina. First pitch between the Pirates and Rams is scheduled for 5 p.m.