La Salle Outlasts VCU, 5-4, in Game Two

FINAL: La Salle 5, VCU 4 (Philadelphia, Pa. - DeVincent Field)

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

LA SALLE STARTERS: Klem (3B), Baron (SS), Conroy (LF), Korenblatt (RF), Williams (1B), Ravet (DH), Welling (C), Smith, Jr. (CF), McGowan (2B), O'Neill (P)

THE BASICS: La Salle broke a 3-3 tie with runs in the fifth and sixth inning and hung on to beat VCU, 5-4, in game two of the three game series at DeVincent Field in Philadelphia, Pa on Saturday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • La Salle (20-20, 13-4 Atlantic 10) scored three times in the first inning. Dan Klem led off the inning with a walk, moving to third on a double by Kevin Baron. The next batter, Kevin Conroy singled into right field, scoring Klem. Justin Korenblatt followed with a single up the middle, giving the Explorers a 2-0 advantage. Mark Williams grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, allowing Korenblatt to reach third. The next batter, Joey Ravert doubled down the left field line, putting the Explorers up 3-0.
  • VCU (20-21, 5-9) responded with two runs in the top of the third inning. Junior Landon Prentiss led off the inning with a single, advancing to third on a single from sophomore Vimael Machin. With the bases loaded, junior Chris Ayers shot a ball up the middle, scoring Prentiss and Machin, cutting the Explorer lead to 3-2.
  • Senior Jordan Weymouth belted a solo homerun over the left field wall, tying the score 3-3 in the top of fourth inning.
  • La Salle retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Klem led off the inning with a single. With two outs Korenblatt roped a double off of the left field wall, scoring Klem, giving the Explorers a 4-3 lead.
  • The Explorers added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Ryan Welling was hit by a pitch to start the inning, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt from George Smith, Jr. With two outs, Klem roped a single to left field, plating Welling, making the score 5-3 in favor of La Salle.
  • VCU got a run back in the top of the seventh inning. Machin led off the inning with a triple into right field. The next batter, junior Joey Cujas singled right back up the middle, scoring Machin, cutting La Salle's lead to 5-4.
  • La Salle's closer Pat Christensen threw the 2.1 innings to close out the game for La Salle.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Ayers finished the game 3-for-3  with two RBIs for the Rams.
  • Senior starting pitcher Ryan Farrar pitched 5.1 innings allowing five runs on eight hits. He was charged with his fifth loss of the season.
  • Sophomore Matt Lees tossed the final 2.2 innings for VCU, scattering three hits and striking out three.
  • La Salle's starter Shawn O'Neill threw 5.1 innings allowing three runs on eight hits. He earned his fourth victory of the season.
  • Christensen earned his 10th save of the season for La Salle.

WHAT'S AHEAD
VCU and La Salle conclude their three game series tomorrow, Sunday, April 27. First pitch is set for Noon.   

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