RAMS SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER TO WIN SERIES AT UNCW

FINAL: VCU 14 (11-2), UNCW 8 (6-7)  (Wilmington, N.C.) – Brooks Field

VCU STARTERS GAME 1: Acker (RF), Bunn (LF), Cujas (3B), Machin (SS), Ayers (C), Cullen (CF), Davis (2B) Farrar (DH), Marino (1B), Greene (RHP)

UNCW STARTERS GAME 1: Golden (CF), Thorburn (LF), LaGrange (3B), Dick (1B), Dunlap (DH), Stupienski (C), Cillis (RF), Bass (2B), Connelly (SS), Monroe (RHP)

THE BASICS: Trailing 8-6 entering the ninth inning, the Rams rallied for eight runs in the frame to come away with a 14-8 win. Joey Cujas and Vimael Machin collected back-to-back two RBI hits in the frame and a Bill Cullen two-run homerun highlighted the rally. Sophomore Michael Carpenter picked up his first win (1-0) of the season in relief.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Much like yesterday the Rams plated runs early in the first frame. With runners on the corners VCU's Chris Ayers connected on an RBI single up the middle to open the scoring.
  • The Rams went on to score two more runs on a Matt Davis RBI walk and a Logan Farrar RBI hit by pitch, leaving the frame up 3-0.
  • VCU continued to pile on runs in the second. The Rams recorded base hits from the first three to the plate and Vimael Machin continued the hit parade with the bases loaded, lining a two RBI single into left center. The two runs pushed the VCU advantage out to 5-0.
  • UNCW scratched the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth. A three run Teddy Cillis homer closed the gap to two runs, 5-3. The Seahawks weren't done there as a Robbie Thorburn two RBI double tied the game at 5-5.
  • The Seahwaks threatened more runs in the frame but reliever Logan Kaniuk got out of a bases loaded jam with a Corey Dick groundout.
  • In the next inning UNCW took its first lead of the day with the help of groundout that scored Luke Dunlap, giving the Seahawks their first lead of the day, 6-5.
  • The Black and Gold countered in the seventh with a run of its own on a Cody Acker groundout which plated Bill Cullen to even the score, 6-6.
  • UNCW answered with runs of its own in the bottom half of the seventh. A Dillon Bass RBI sacrifice fly and a Terrence Connelly RBI single regained the lead for the hosts, 8-6.
  • Down to their final three outs the Rams came out swinging in the top of the ninth. The first four Rams batters all reached base, and a James Bunn hit by pitch RBI inched VCU within one, 8-7.
  • The next three batters for the Rams produced two RBIs apiece on a Cujas double, Machin single and capped off by a Cullen two-run home run.
  • Trevor Marino capped off the eight run frame with an RBI single extending the lead to six. 

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Sophomore James Bunn posted his second straight three hit game, going 3-for-5 from the plate.
  • The three hits from Bunn extended the New Jersey native's hitting streak to twelve games dating back to the Rams' Feb. 15 game against Old Dominion.
  • VCU's top five spots in the lineup recorded multiple hit games (Acker, Bunn, Cujas, Machin and Ayers. The five hitters went 11-for-24, good for a .458 average on the day.
  • The Rams' eight run ninth inning is the most runs the Rams have scored in an inning this year, and stood as the first time the Rams scored in the ninth this season.
  • VCU's come from behind victory marked the eighth time the Rams have rallied to win. The rally was the first time the Rams have completed a comeback in the ninth.

 

FINAL: VCU 4 (11-2), UNCW 2 (6-7)  (Wilmington, N.C.) – Brooks Field

VCU STARTERS GAME 2: Acker (RF), Bunn (LF), Cujas (3B), Machin (SS), Cullen (CF), Farrar (DH), Marino (1B), Crimi (2B), Octavi (C), Howie (LHP)

UNCW STARTERS GAME 2: Golden (CF), Thorburn (LF), LaGrange (3B), Dick (1B), Dunlap (DH), Farber (C), Bass (2B), Connelly (SS), Abshire (RF), Foster (RHP)

THE BASICS: Junior left handed pitcher JoJo Howie went the distance to earn his second win of the season as VCU downed UNCW 4-2. The southpaw threw the first complete game for the Rams since Heath Dwyer went nine complete in a 1-0 win over Saint Louis on May 4, 2013. On the day Howie racked up 156 pitches in the nine complete innings of work.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • UNCW opened the scoring in the first inning on a Luke Dunlap RBI single. The run marked the third time in the series that a team scored in the first frame.
  • VCU's Tom Crimi led off the third with a double into right field; the senior set the table for the Rams to tie the game. Crimi advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt and later scored on a wild pitch, knotting the game 1-1.
  • Nick Octavi drove in Logan Farrar on an RBI single to left and gave the Rams their first lead of the game 2-1.
  • The Rams tacked on two more in the sixth. In the frame VCU received two RBI singles from Logan Farrar and Trevor Marino. All of VCU's action on the base paths in the frame came with two outs as the Rams produced four hits with two away.
  • The hosts scratched a run across in the seventh to close within two, 4-2. UNCW used a Casey Golden one out RBI double to close the gap.
  • Howie closed the door on the UNCW comeback attempt as he pitched two scoreless frames in the eighth and ninth to close out his first career shutout.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • JoJo Howie threw 156 pitches on the day in the complete game effort, the most of any Rams pitcher this season.
  • The junior strick out nine Seahawks including three in the final two frames.
  • Two Rams recorded multiple hit games in Cody Acker (2-for-5) and Nick Octavi (2-for-3)
  • With the two hit effort Acker posted his first back-to-back hit performance of the season.
  • VCU posted three RBIs with one RBI apiece from the sixth (Farrar), seventh (Marino) and nine (Octavi) hole hitters.
  • The series win marked the first time in eight tries that the Rams beat UNCW in a three game set.

QUOTABLE

Today was just about the effort of the assistant coaches and they players; they were just tremendous all day long. We knew we were in for a long day and the guys committed to it and really competed for a full 18 innings.

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Game one was a wild game, back-and-forth but obviously having the big eight run ninth inning capped off that comeback. The big hits from our upperclassmen really came up huge.

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Game two was really just JoJo Howie would not be denied. We used pretty much the whole bullpen in the previous two games and he just had the give me the ball mentality. He wanted it and really pitched fabulously and we needed that to beat a good team like UNCW and we got that today.

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler 

UNCW has a great team, they're a group that has a great chance to play in the postseason so I'm very proud of this effort to come here and get a series win.

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

 
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