HARRISONBURG, Va. – The VCU baseball team suffered an 8-5 setback to top seed UNCW on Wednesday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park.
With the loss, the Rams are dropped into the losers bracket of the tournament. VCU is scheduled to play Towson this evening, with the contest tentatively scheduled for 9 p.m. VCU took the season series from the Tigers in March, winning two of three games.
VCU drops to 33-24 on the season with the loss, while UNCW improves to 36-20.
The Seahawks jumped out to a three nothing lead in the top of the first off VCU freshman pitcher Heath Dwyer.
The Rams cut into the lead in the top of the second, as redshirt junior outfielder Brent Mikionis delivered a home run down the left field line.
Dwyer and the Rams settled in from there, not allowing a run over the next three innings.
For the second-straight day during a VCU contest, play was halted in the bottom of the fourth, due to thunderstorms in the Harrisonburg area. In Wednesday's contest against George Mason, the game was delayed for over four-plus hours due to inclement weather.
UNCW added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, to extend their lead to 5-2.
VCU would close the UNCW lead to two in the top of the eighth inning, as sophomore Chris Ayers belted a two-run home run just inside the right field foul pole.
UNCW pushed across three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, to stretch their lead to five.
The Rams manufactured a pair of runs in the top of the ninth, but it was not enough to keep the Black & Gold out of the loser's bracket.
Dwyer suffers the loss for the Rams, pitching into the eighth inning while allowing six runs, five of which were earned, and eight hits. UNCW starting pitcher Tyler McSwain picked up the victory, throwing seven and one-thirds innings.