March 16, 2014

RAMS BEAT RUTGERS 7-6 IN WALK-OFF FASHION

 

FINAL: VCU 7 (16-3), Rutgers 6 (7-9)  (Richmond, Va.) – The Diamond

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

RUTGERS STARTERS: Zarrillo (CF), D'Annunzio, O'Grady (1B), Favatella (2B), Jennings (3B), Rosa (DH), Marcinczyk (RF), Sweeney (SS), Devish (C), Fleming (LHP)

THE BASICS: After falling behind 4-0 in the first two innings, VCU rallied for the 13th time this season to knock off Rutgers 7-6. A Landon Prentiss RBI-single up the middle capped the comeback in the ninth and sent the Rams home with their 16th win of the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Rutgers got on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning with a Brian O'Grady RBI-double and a John Jennings RBI-groundout to take an early 2-0 lead.
  • The Scarlet Knights added two more in the second, when Joe D'Annunzio drove a single into left field bringing home two runs.
  • VCU cut into the visitors lead in the bottom of the third, with runners on at second and third, Joey Cujas grounded out to short allowing sophomore Cody Acker to score.
  • Both clubs traded runs in the sixth with the Rams picking up an RBI from Acker on a Rutgers fielder's choice.
  • After a Rutgers run in the top of the seventh the Rams posted a three run bottom frame to close within one, 6-5.
  • The Rams loaded the Bases in the bottom of the seventh with no outs. That setup freshman Logan Farrar to close the gap on the AAC foe. Farrar singled into shallow leftfield bringing home senior Joey Cujas. The next batter, freshman Matt Davis, walked to bring home the second run of the frame.
  • VCU's final run of the inning came with a bases loaded sacrifice fly off of senior Landon Prentiss' bat brining the Rams within one, 6-5.
  • Down to their final three outs in the ninth, VCU loaded the bases with the first three hitters reaching base.
  • The following VCU hitter grounded into a double play, but not before the tying runner crossed home plate.
  • That brought up Prentiss with a runner on third and a chance to win the game. The left fielder battled in the count, fouling off several pitches before driving one through the middle to bring home senior Bill Cullen and end the game.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Sunday's win marked the first time this season the Black and Gold have won in walk-off fashion.
  • The 7-6 win marked the third straight game the Rams won a one-run game, all three games coming in the PK5 Classic.
  • VCU's speedy Logan Farrar posted three hits on the day (3-for-4), with two hits coming on bunt singles.
  • Batting in the five hole senior Chris Ayers posted a three hit day (3-for-5), for his fifth multiple hit game of the season.
  • The Rams final three hitters in the lineup recorded a hit and an RBI, going a combined 5-for-10 at the plate, with four RBIs.
  • Coming on in relief, junior Matt Lees shut the door on the Scarlet Knights, going 2.2 innings, allowing just one hit. Lees' effort earned his third win of the season (3-1).
  • VCU's win concluded play in the PK5 Classic, an event that saw the Rams sweep play. This is the second event that the Rams have gone undefeated in round robin play (Battle in Midtown Feb. 14-16).

QUOTABLE

The Rams were ready to go this weekend, no matter what happened they were ready to make it happen all weekend. We won three one-run games and that's a sign of a good team.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Today, Rutgers got ahead early, took advantage of a few of our mistakes. To give our guys credit throughout the whole weekend they stuck to their approach, they have great faith in each other and I can't be any prouder of this group.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

A lot of credit goes to Landon Prentiss a guy who didn't get a lot of opportunities through our first ten or so games of the season but works everyday and stays on his approach. Now, he gets his opportunity and for the week he hit .353 and he's given us huge hits this week to put us over the top.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

I had great faith when (Prentiss) was up, I knew we were gonna win the game.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • VCU hits the road Wednesday for a midweek contest with East Carolina; first pitch is slated for 6 p.m. in Greenville, N.C.

 
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