HOFSTRA DEFEATS VCU 13-4 ON SATURDAY
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The VCU Baseball team dropped a 13-4 decision to host Hofstra University on Saturday afternoon at University Field.
The Rams drop to 11-8 on the season with the loss, including 2-3 in CAA play. With the victory, Hofstra improves to 7-9 overall and 3-2 in CAA play.
"Hofstra came out and did a really good job of getting on Ryan (Farrar)," said VCU head coach Paul Keyes. "Any time you give up 18 hits you aren't going to win. We need to come out tomorrow and show what we are made of and try to get a win."
Hofstra jumped ahead early, pushing across a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, sparked by a solo home run by Danny Poma over the wall in right center.
The Pride extended the lead to 7-0 in the bottom of the third, scoring five runs in the frame.
VCU recorded its first run of the game in the top of the fourth, manufactured by way of a double from senior catcher Taylor Perkins down the left field line. Perkins advanced to third on a ground out, then came around to score on a single by freshman infielder Vimael Machin.
Hofstra came right back with a run of its own in the bottom of the frame, handing the Pride an 8-1 lead through four innings.
VCU cut the lead to four in the top of the sixth, pushing across three runs in the inning to bring the score to 8-4. After sophomore infielder Joey Cujas led off with a walk, Perkins lined a single through the left side. A ground out to the first baseman advanced Cujas and Perkins, before redshirt junior infielder Brent Mikionis drew a walk to load the bases. Sophomore outfielder Landon Prentiss drew ball four on a full count to earn a walk and bring in Cujas. Senior outfielder Paul Nice followed that up with a double to left field that scored Perkins and Mikionis.
Hofstra added its ninth run of the game in the bottom of the sixth, before plating four more runs in the bottom of the eighth to bring the score to its final at 13-4.
The Rams trotted out five pitchers in the contest, including redshirt sophomore Seth Greene, who made his first appearance of the 2012 season.
VCU and Hofstra will close out the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at University Field.