VCU COMES BACK STRONG AFTER FRIDAY'S LOSS WITH 11-4 VICTORY OVER DELAWARE
NEWARK, Del. – A day after being held to just one run and giving up double digit runs, the VCU Baseball reversed their fortune on Saturday with an 11-4 victory over Delaware on Saturday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium.
The Rams improve to 19-16 on the season, including 7-10 in CAA play, while Delaware drops to 18-18 and 10-7 in league play.
"It was just an unbelievable team effort for us today," said VCU associate head coach Shawn Stiffler. "Things didn't go for us on Friday, but we responded today, pulling a complete 180 from how we played. Up and down the lineup every guy competed today, even the guys that came off the bench."
The Rams got things going in the top of the fourth inning, as redshirt junior Brent Mikionis roped a one-out double off the left field wall to advance junior infielder Jordan Weymouth to third base. Sophomore Chris Ayers followed with a groundout to the second baseman, which allowed Weymouth to score and Mikionis to take third. Redshirt junior Taylor Buran dropped a bunt single down the third base line, to score Mikionis.
In the bottom of the frame, the Blue Hens had a chance to get on the board with the bases loaded and two outs, but junior pitcher Ryan Farrar was able to induce a ground ball to sophomore infielder Joey Cujas, who threw to first for the third and final out.
VCU added to its lead in the top of the fifth, as senior outfielder Paul Nice drew a ball in the back and sophomore outfielder Bill Cullen lined a double down the left field line to put runners in scoring position. After recording the first out, Delaware intentionally walked Cujas, before recording the second out of the inning on an infield popup. Ayers showed patience at the plate, earning a five-pitch walk to bring in Nice. Buran kept things going with a double to left field, which scored Cullen and Cujas.
The Blue Hens had a chance to add runs to the scoreboard with the bases loaded and one out, but some solid defense allowed the Rams to get out of the inning. Farrar forced Delaware's Tyler Powell into a ground ball that looked destined for the outfield, but freshman infielder Vimael Machin made a nice play to his left to snag the ball. Machin flipped the ball to Weymouth for the second out and then Weymouth turned and threw to first for the inning ending double play.
Over the last three innings of play, VCU outscored Delaware 6-4 to bring the score to its final at 11-4.
Farrar notched the victory in the contest, throwing eight strong innings and allowing just one run.
The Rams were led offensively in the contest by Buran, who went 5-for-5 at the plate and drove in five RBI. Machin and Ayers each finished with two RBI.
The two teams will meet again on Sunday, in the series finale, at 1 p.m. at Bob Hannah Stadium.