Rams Ride Three-Run First Inning to 8-1 Victory over Dayton
FINAL: VCU 8, Dayton 1 (Dayton, Ohio – Woerner Field)
VCU STARTERS: Cullen (CF), Bunn (LF), Cujas (3B), Ayers (DH), Machin (SS), Buran (RF), Weymouth (2B), Marino (1B), Octavi (C), Farrar (P)
DAYTON STARTERS: Hundley (CF), Broughton (2B), Sunderman (3B), Podlas (RF), Huesman (1B), Berry (LF), Robinett (C), Alloco (DH), Weybright (SS), Schrage (P)
THE BASICS: VCU scored three-runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back as the Rams took game two, and the series, over Dayton 8-1 on Saturday afternoon in Dayton, Ohio.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU (19-18, 5-6 Atlantic 10) scored the game's first three-runs in the top of the first inning. With two outs, junior Joey Cujas singled to right field, advancing to third on a double by classmate Chris Ayers. The next batter, sophomore Vimael Machin doubled off the center field wall, scoring both Cujas and Ayers. Senior Taylor Buran followed with a single, scoring Machin, and giving VCU a 3-0 advantage.
- The Rams added another run in the top of the third inning. With one out, Machin singled, moving to second on a walk to Buran. After an out, junior Trevor Marino roped a single into right field, scoring Machin, giving VCU a 4-0 lead.
- VCU scored two more runs in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Cujas doubled to left field, scoring when Ayers singled back up the middle. Machin and Buran each reached, loading the bases for the Rams. The next batter, senior Jordan Weymouth was hit by a pitch, giving VCU a 6-0 lead.
- Dayton's (7-27-1, 2-12) Kyle Robinett hit a solo home run to left field, cutting the Rams' lead to 6-1.
- VCU added two insurance runs in the top of the ninth. With two outs, Weymouth singled advancing to second on a stolen base. The next batter, Marino, doubled scoring Weymouth. Junior Nick Octavi followed with a single, putting runners on the corners. The next batter, junior Bill Cullen singled to right field, giving VCU a 8-1 lead.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Senior Ryan Farrar threw seven innings allowing four hits and one run, while fanning seven hitters. He picked up his fourth victory of the season.
- Redshirt junior Seth Greene went the final two innings allowing one hit and striking out three.
- The Rams, who had 14 hits, recorded double digit hits for the third straight game.
- Machin finished 3-for-5 for the Rams with two RBIs. He has six RBIs for the Rams this weekend.
- Marino recorded his first three-hit day of the season. The San Jose, Calif. native also recorded two RBIs.
- Cujas finished the day 2-for-4. The Midlothian, Va. native is now 10-for-his-last-14.
"It was good to come out and play well and win a series on the road. Good job today by our offense and especially with two outs. If we can go out tomorrow and keep the same focus on one pitch at a time, we can come away with a sweep."
-Head Coach Shawn Stiffler on the game
"Ryan Farrar was good today going seven innings and allowing only one earned run. Seth Greene did a good job coming in and holding the game in check at the end of the ball game."
- Coach Stiffler on the pitching
VCU and Dayton conclude their three-game series tomorrow, Sunday April 21. First pitch is set for Noon.