March 21, 2014

RAMS KNOCK OF ST. BONAVENTURE FOR BEST START IN PROGRAM HISTORY

FINAL: VCU 7 (18-3), St. Bonaventure 0 (4-11)  (Richmond, Va.) – The Diamond

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

ST. BONAVENTURE STARTERS: Trimble (C), T. Johnson (SS), Rosencrance (1B), Dunn (DH), Bell (CF), Weightman (RF), Cox (2B), Diaz (LF), Delanoy (3B), A. Johnson (RHP)

THE BASICS: After both teams were held scoreless over the first three frames but VCU plated three in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead. The Rams went on to score four runs over the next three innings to coast to a 7-0 win. With the win the Black and Gold move to 18-3, marking the best start in school history.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • After trading scoreless innings through three frames, VCU broke through in the fourth. The Rams collected the game's first run off of a Bonnies' error that would have ended the inning. The error proved to be costly, as the following two VCU hitters: freshman Matt Davis and senior Trevor Marino picked up RBIs on a double and single respectively.
  • Sophomore James Bunn led off the following inning with an infield single. The left fielder advanced to second on a stolen base and moved to third on a senior Joey Cujas fly out. These plays setup a Vimael Machin sacrifice fly to plate Bunn and push the lead out to 4-0.
  • The sixth frame began with a bang as freshman Darian Carpenter led off the inning with a pinch-hit homerun over the left field wall.
  • A Cujas sacrifice fly plated the frame's second run and extended the lead to six, 6-0.
  • VCU's last run came in the seventh when Marino singled up the middle to drive home senior Bill Cullen.
  • After senior Seth Greene's seven innings of scoreless work, sophomore Michael Carpenter and senior Logan Kanuik provided a shutout frame each to complete the shutout.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Sitting at 18-3, this year's edition of the Rams are off to the best start in school history.
  • After being held without a decision in his first four starts, senior Seth Greene picked up his second consecutive win to move to 2-0. On the day Greene went 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing four hits, and striking out six.
  • Darian Carpenter's pinch-hit homerun marked the freshman's first hit of his career.
  • After missing the previous five games due to injury, James Bunn returned in style, going 3-for-4 on the day. Bunn has now recorded multiple hits in a team-high eight games.
  • Trevor Marino's three-hit day marked the third time the senior has totaled two or more hits in a game.

QUOTABLE

It's great to get the first game of the series. Seth Greene gave us a great start tonight and gave us a great chance to get things going through the middle innings of the game. We took advantage of an error and we were ready to capitalize and that's huge for us.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

It was good to get James Bunn back in the lineup tonight, we put him right back in there and he rewarded us with three hits tonight.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

We have to come out ready to go tomorrow with a 0-0 mentality, ready to win the series.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • VCU continues the series with the Bonnies tomorrow at The Diamond, with first pitch coming at 3 p.m.
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