March 10, 2013

Rams Late Rally Comes up Short; Fall to UNCW in Game Three, 3-2

FINAL:  UNCW 3, VCU 2 - (Wilmington, N.C. – Brooks Field)

VCU STARTERS: Cullen (CF), Bunn (LF), Cujas (3B), Ayers (DH), Machin (SS), Buran (RF), Weymouth (2B), Haymaker (C), Marino (1B), Farrar (P)

UNCW STARTERS: Bass (2B), Abshire (RF), Ridge (DH), Dunlap (LF) LaGragne (3B) Dick (1B), Farber (C), Renville (CF), Connelly (SS), MacDonald (P)

THE BASICS: VCU scored two runs in the eighth inning, but its late rally fell short as the Rams dropped the series finale 3-2 to UNCW.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  •  Both starters, Ryan Farrar (VCU) and Christian MacDonald (UNCW), had strong outings and the teams remained in a scoreless tie into the sixth inning.
  • UNCW (9-6) scored the game's first run in the home half of the sixth inning. Michael Bass led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Abshire. Hunter Ridge reached base on catcher's inference putting runners on first and second. Ryan LaGrange followed with a RBI single to make the score 1-0 Seahawks. The next batter, Corey Dick followed suite plating Ridge and giving UNCW a 2-0 advantage.
  • The Seahawks added another run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Luis Renville led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Terrance Connelly. Bass followed with a single up the middle scoring Renville and giving UNCW a 3-0 lead.
  • VCU (9-3) mounted a rally in the top of the eighth inning sparked by pinch hit singles from junior Landon Prentiss and senior Brent Mikionis. With two outs, freshman James Bunn roped a double to the right field wall scoring both Prentiss and Mikionis cutting the Seahawks lead to 3-2.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Farrar, the Rams' starter, pitched 6.1 innings, struck out four, and allowed only one earned run. It was Farrar's first loss of the season.
  • UNCW starter Jordan Ramsey threw 7.1 innings allowed four hits, and two runs and struck out one.
  • Sophomore Matt Lees came on to close out the final 1.2 innings allowed three hits and faced eight batters.

QUOTABLE
"Ryan Farrar was good for us today and he gave us a chance to win. However, we were unable to take advantage of our opportunities today and came up short."
 -VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler on the loss

"It was a disappointing weekend for us and there is not much to say about it. The thing about it is, if we want to be a good baseball team, we have to get back at the small things and details to get ready and bounce back on Tuesday."
-Stiffler on the road ahead

WHAT'S AHEAD
The Rams return home and open a nine-game homes stand with a mid-week date with Wagner on Tuesday, March 12 at 3 p.m.

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