VCU DROPS MIDWEEK CONTEST AT MARYLAND 5-2

FINAL: Maryland 5 (17-8), VCU 2 (20-5) (College Park, Md.) – Bob "Turtle" Field

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

MARYLAND STARTERS: White (CF), Lowe (2B), Wade (1B), Convissar (DH), Martir (C), Montville (LF), Papio (RF), Rescigno (3B), Cuas (SS), Ruse (RHP)

THE BASICS: VCU took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Maryland scored five unanswered in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 5-1 edge. The Rams tacked on one in the eighth, and brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but the Terps held on for a 5-2 win. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • In his home state Cody Acker led off the contest with a double down the right field line. Fellow sophomore James Bunn advanced Acker to third on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs in the frame, and Acker on third, junior Vimael Machin grounded a single up the middle to score the left fielder and give the Rams a 1-0 lead.
  • Maryland loaded the bases in the third with one out. Junior pitcher JoJo Howie got the next two Terps batters to foul out, ending the frame and keeping the home team off the scoreboard.
  • A one out double down the left field line from Maryland's Jose Cuas tied the game in the fifth, at 1-1.
  • In the sixth, a bases loaded Anthony Papio walk brought LaMonte Wade home for the Terps go ahead run and gave Maryland its first lead of the day, 2-1. Maryland went on to score three more runs in the frame, two of which came on base on balls.
  • VCU added a run in the eighth, when a Machin RBI groundout brought James Bunn home to plate the Rams second run, cutting the Maryland lead to 5-2.
  • With one out in the ninth, senior Trevor Marino got aboard with a walk and pinch hitter freshman Logan Farrar reached on a single to bring the tying run to the plate. Maryland closer Kevin Mooney worked out of the jam with the next two Rams grounding out to second.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • JoJo Howie wemt 5.0+ innings in his start, striking out three while allowing four runs.
  • VCU's 11 hits marked the fourth consecutive time the Rams have recorded double-digit hits.
  • Going 2-for-5 on the day, Cody Acker extended his streak of multiple hit games to four, dating back to VCU's 7-0 win over St. Bonaventure on March 21.
  • Vimael Machin provided both the RBIs for the Rams. The two RBIs marked the fifth time this year Machin has produced multiple RBIs in one game.
  • The top four hitters in the VCU lineup produced a hit on the day. As a unit the group provided five of the Rams seven hits.
  • Sophomore Michael Carpenter went 2.0 innings of scoreless work, allowing just two hits and striking out one Terp. Carpenter has not allowed a run in his first four appearances this spring

QUOTABLE

I think we'll look back on this one and realize it's one we let get away in the middle part of the game. All the credit goes to Maryland, their guys did a good job on the mound today of keeping our lineup off balance and scattering our hits.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

When you go out and play great competition against some of the best teams in the toughest conferences in the country you just can't give away free bases. I think we did a little too much of that today and that cost us.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

JoJo Howie gave us a good start on the mound. He kept us in the game, throwing up zeros through the first four innings, but they got to us in the sixth.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

The good thing about this game is we get to play again tomorrow and I the guys will be ready to go.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • VCU returns to action tomorrow for a home contest with the Keydets of VMI. First pitch at The Diamond is slated for 6:30 p.m.
 
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