RAMS FALTER IN FIRST GAME OF THREE GAME SET AT DELAWARE ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON, 10-1

NEWARK, Del. – The VCU Baseball suffered a 10-1 setback to Delaware on Friday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium.

Delaware improves to 18-17 overall and 10-6 in CAA play with the victory, while the Rams drop to 18-16 overall and 6-10 in league play.

"Their pitcher (Eric Young) was obviously very good today and did a good job of mixing up his pitches," said VCU associate head coach Shawn Stiffler. "Early in the game we had some opportunities to make some plays to get off the field, but we were unable to come away those plays in the situation, plays that don't show up in the box score. Tomorrow we need to come back with energy and enthusiasm."  

The Rams had an early chance to produce a run, with redshirt junior Brent Mikionis standing on second and senior catcher Taylor Perkins with just one out in the top of the second inning. The two base runners would end up stranded, as the Rams followed with a pair of fly outs to the outfield to end the inning.

Delaware did most of its damage in the contest in the middle innings of today's game, recording two runs each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

The Blue Hens blew things open with a four run seventh inning, extending their lead to 10-0.

The Rams recorded their lone run in the top of the eighth inning, as sophomore outfielder Bill Cullen and junior infielder Jordan Weymouth led off with back-to-back singles. Sophomore infielder Joey Cujas drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases, before Mikionis hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field that allowed the runners to advance one base, including Cullen plating VCU's first run. The Rams were held to one run in the frame, following a swinging strikeout and a groundout to end the frame.

The two teams will meet on Saturday afternoon for the second game of the series, which is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at Bob Hannah Stadium.

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