April 2, 2013

Three Home Runs Power No. 22 Virginia Tech over VCU 11-5 on Tuesday Night

FINAL: No. 22 Virginia Tech 11, VCU 5 (Blacksburg, Va. – English Field)

VCU STARTERS: Cullen (CF), Bunn (LF), Cujas (3B), Mikionis (1B), Machin (SS), Buran (RF), Weymouth (2B), Acker (DH), Octavi (C), Black (P)

VIRGINIA TECH STARTERS: Zagunis (RF), Perez (SS), Pinder (3B), Horan (CF), Rash (LF), Hayden (P), Morgan (C), Kaselica (1B), Dauby (2B)

THE BASICS: No. 22 Virginia Tech hit three homeruns to power itself to a 11-6 victory over VCU on Tuesday night in Blacksburg, Va.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU (14-12) rallied to score two runs in the top of the first inning. Junior Bill Cullen and freshman James Bunn reached on back-to-back walks to start the game. With one, out senior Brent Mikionis roped a double to the left field corner scoring, Cullen and Bunn and giving VCU a 2-0 lead.
  • Virginia Tech (21-9) responded with two-runs of its own in the bottom of the first inning. Alex Perez reached with a one out single, starting the rally. The next, Chad Pinder hit a homerun to left field, tying the score 2-2.
  • The Hokies took their first lead in the bottom of the third inning. Mark Zagunis started the inning with a walk, advancing to third on a single from Pinder. With runners on the corners and one out, Tyler Horan doubled to the right field wall, scoring both Zagunis and Pinder and putting Virginia Tech up 4-2.
  • Pinder hit his second homerun of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving the Hokies a 5-2 lead.
  • The Rams rallied to cut the Hokies lead to one in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Mikionis doubled to start the rally. Sophomore Vimael Machin homered to left field, cutting the Virginia Tech lead to 5-4. Tech escaped a runners on first and second jam, when VCU was called for an interference, while running the bases.
  • Matt Dauby and Zagunis opened the bottom of the inning with back-to-back doubles, scoring a run. Zangunis advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Perez. After a walk, Horan hit a three-run homer to right field, giving the Hokies a 9-5 lead.
  • The Hokies scored two more unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take an 11-6 lead.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Buran extended his hitting streak to nine consecutive games. He finished 1-for-4.
  • Bunn has reached base safely in the Rams' last 11 contests. It is the second time this season Bunn has reached base safely in 11 straight games.
  • Machin homered for the third time this season in the top of the seventh inning. It was the fifth homerun of his career.
  • The Rams left eight runners in scoring position tonight.
  • VCU and Virginia Tech each had 12 hits on the night. It was the third straight game VCU has recorded double digit hits.
  • The 11 runs surrendered by VCU are the most runs given up by the Rams all season.
  • Freshman Dan Black made his second his career start, he was charged with his first loss of the season.

QUOTABLE
"It was actually a much better game then what the score shows. I thought we did a good job battling for our at bats and at times made big pitches tonight. We had opportunities in the early part of the game to chase the starter and we were unable to get that big hit. We fought back though in the middle of the game and put our self in position to win the game in the middle innings. We are still playing the game the right way and playing with strong effort, so I am excited for a great weekend at VMI.
- Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S AHEAD
VCU continues  its nine-game road trip with a three-game, non-conference weekend series at VMI. The first pitch of the series is set for Friday, April 5 at 6 p.m.

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