BOSTON, Mass. – The VCU baseball team exploded for 16 hits and used another big inning to take game two of the series 8-2 over Northeastern at Friedman Diamond on Saturday afternoon.
With the win the Rams will win the three game set and improve to 15-12 and 5-6 in CAA play. Northeastern drops to 12-9 overall and 3-5 in league action.
Tied 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning, the Black and Gold sent 11 players to the plate recording eight hits and scoring six runs, to bust the game wide open. With one out, freshman Vimael Machin dropped a double into right centerfield. Redshirt junior Taylor Buran singled to left putting runners on the corners with one out. Senior Paul Nice came to the plate and roped a single to left to give the Rams the 2-1 lead. With the top of the lineup back up, the Rams kept things going. Sophomore Bill Cullen singled into left to plate Buran making the score 3-1. Junior Jordan Weymouth followed by getting hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Sophomore Joey Cujas and redshirt junior Brent Mikionis both singled and registered RBIs to give the Rams a 5-1 lead. With the bases still loaded, senior Taylor Perkins would pick up a walk and a RBI to give the Rams a 6-1. Sophomore Chris Ayers would polish off the rally with a RBI single making the score 7-1.
"I thought it was another complete game. It was a great effort by our team," said VCU head coach Paul Keyes. "Offensively I thought we played well up and down the lineup. It was good to see us getting production out of the bottom of the lineup and then the middle. In the big inning we were able to keep our at-bats going, and that's what you have to do on the road."
The Rams would use a solid effort from starting pitcher junior Ryan Farrar. Farrar threw six strong innings scattering four hits and allowing just two runs. Freshman Matt Lees (pictured right) gave the Rams the final three innings of relief to earn his first colligate save. Farrar picked up the win and improved to 3-1.
"We had great pitching today. Ryan Farrar and Matt Lees did a great job of keeping them at bay," added Keyes.
For the second day in a row the Rams didn't waste any time to get on the board. Cullen walked to start the game and moved to second on a single by Weymouth. Cujas then delivered a single through the middle, plating Cullen.
The Huskies would answer, however, in the bottom of the fifth inning. A leadoff walk to Alex McKeon was followed by a single from Oliver Hart. With runners on first and second, Connor Lyons laid down a sac-bunt to put runners on second and third with one out. Aaron Barbosa grounded out to short, but it was enough for the run to come across and tie the game. Farrar was able to get a groundout to strand the runner on second, before the Rams rallied in the sixth.
In the bottom of the sixth Northeastern was able to get one run back Jon Lerox singled with one out, and that was followed by a Vosler double that plated Lerox to cut the lead to 7-2. Buran got the run right back for the Rams. Leading off the seventh inning the Richmond, Va., native tucked a home run pass the left field foul pole to put the Rams up 8-2.
The Rams and Huskies complete their three game series tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.