Rams Fall in Series Finale, 4-1, to Dayton
FINAL: Dayton 4, VCU 1 (Dayton, Ohio – Woener Field)
VCU STARTERS: Cullen (CF), Bunn (LF), Cujas (3B), Ayers (DH), Machin (SS), Buran (RF), Weymouth (2B), Marino (1B), Octavi (C), Kanuik (P)
DAYTON STARTERS: Hundley (CF), Broughton (2B), Sunderman (3B), Podlas (RF), Huesman (1B), Berry (DH), Rohr (LF), Robbinett (C), Weybright (SS), Wahl (P)
THE BASICS: Dayton's Kyle Robinett's three-run home run in the bottom of the second inning and a strong pitching performance from Joe Wahl led the Flyers to 4-1 victory over the Rams in the series finale on Sunday afternoon in Dayton, Ohio.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU (19-19, 5-7 Atlantic 10) scored the game's first run in the top of the second inning. Sophomore Vimael Machin led off the inning with a leadoff walk, advancing to second base on a stolen base. With two outs, senior Jordan Weymouth singled, putting runners on the corners. Junior Trevor Marino followed with a single to center, scoring Machin, giving VCU a 1-0 lead.
- Dayton (8-27-1, 3-12) responded with three-runs in the bottom of the second inning. Mark Podlas and Aaron Huesman singled starting the rally. The two runners advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt from Ryan Berry. With two outs, Kyle Robinett hit a home run just over the left field wall, giving Dayton a 3-1 lead.
- The Flyers added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning. With one out, Podlas and Huesman reached on back-to-back singles. The next batter, Berry, singled into right field scoring Podlas and giving Dayton a 4-1 advantage.
- VCU threatened in the top of the ninth inning putting runners on the corners, but Dayton closer Nick Weybright got a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Dayton's Joe Wahl went eight innings allowing just one run on two hits. He earned his second win of the inning.
- Weybright, who pitched the ninth for Dayton, recorded his fourth save of the season.
- Junior Logan Kanuik went seven innings for the Rams allowing three runs on six hits, and striking out five batters. He was charged with his second loss of the season.
- VCU was held to a season-low three hits on the day.
"It's disappointing to end a pretty good week on a game like this. We came up to a tough place tp play and a place we didn't know much about and took two of three games, but were not able to pick up the win today. Give credit to their pitcher he kept us off balance all game and we were unable to get anything going."
- Coach Shawn Stiffler on the game
VCU continues its seven-game road swing with a trip to Hampton, Va. for the Paul Keyes Strikeout Cancer Classic against Old Dominion. The game will played at War Memorial Stadium and first pitch is set for 7 p.m.