April 10, 2012

VCU MATCHES SEASON-HIGH FOR RUNS SCORED IN 18-1 VICTORY OVER VMI IN MIDWEEK CONTEST

RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Baseball team matched its season high for runs scored in Tuesday night's 18-1 victory over VMI in front of 1,080 fans in attendance at The Diamond.

The Rams improve to 18-15 overall with the victory, while the Keydets drop to 11-21 on the season with the loss.

 "It was fabulous," said VCU associate head coach Shawn Stiffler when asked about the team's performance. "It all started on the mound with Seth Cutler-Voltz striking out the side in the top of the first and giving us six strong innings of work and only allowing one run. The three pitchers we used out of the bullpen did a great job and we played errorless baseball for all nine innings. Offensively, we competed for every at-bat in this game and had great results."  

Despite winning the contest by 17 runs, the Rams actually trailed in the contest, as VMI's Matt Winn hit a solo home run off Cutler-Voltz in the top of the third inning.

The Rams responded immediately, with a pair of runs in bottom half of the frame to take a 2-1 advantage. VCU got things going with back-to-back one-out singles by sophomore outfielder Bill Cullen and junior infielder Jordan Weymouth. Cullen came around to score on a single to left field by redshirt junior Brent Mikionis; Weymouth and Mikionis each advanced one base, as the left fielder misplayed the ball while attempting to get the ball into the infield. Weymouth would come home to score on a wild pitch.  

With two on and two out in the bottom of the fourth inning, Cullen handed the Rams a 5-2 lead with one swing of the bat. The Colonial Heights, Va., native roped a pitch off the wall in right center that led to an inside the park home run, as the speedster slid in just before the tag from the Keydet catcher.

The Rams had their biggest offensive surge in the bottom of the fifth inning, pushing across eight runs in the frame. The offense was highlighted by a trio of two RBI hits, coming off the bat of freshman infielder Vimael Machin, Cullen and sophomore infielder Joey Cujas.

In the sixth, VCU added four more runs, before bringing the score to its final with a lone run in the bottom of the eighth inning for the team's 18th run.

Cutler-Voltz earned the victory for the Black & Gold, throwing six innings and fanning 10 VMI batters. Cutler-Voltz (pictured right) teamed up with senior Josh Alford, redshirt sophomore Seth Greene and senior pitcher Chris Shaklee to post 14 strikeouts in the contest, which matched a season-high.

Cullen led the charge offensively for VCU, going 5-for-6 with five RBI and four runs scored. Machin and senior outfielder Paul Nice each scored three runs in the victory.

VCU will turn its attention back to CAA play, with a weekend road series at University of Delaware starting this Friday at 3 p.m.

"It's going to be a tough series," added Stiffler. "We have seen in each CAA series that every team is about equal. The approach for us is to throw strikes, catch the baseball and compete in each and every at-bat. "

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