April 4, 2014

VCU BLASTS SAINT JOSEPH'S 10-3 ON FRIDAY NIGHT

FINAL: VCU 10 (21-6, 4-1), Saint Joseph's 3 (14-8, 4-2), (Richmond, Va.) – The Diamond

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

SAINT JOSEPH'S STARTERS: Hueth (LF), O'Keefe (C), Forgey (RF), Cunningham (DH),  Muha (1B), Kancylarz (3B), Keattochwill (2B), Boyd (SS), Pater (CF), Lawson (LHP)

THE BASICS: VCU bounced back from a three-game losing skid in dominant fashion, blasting Saint Joseph's 10-3 at The Diamond. In the Win the Rams totaled 14 hits, marking the 11th time in 14 tries the Black and Gold have tallied double digit hits.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Rams opened the series with an exclamation point, plating four runs in the first frame. With the bases full, senior Chris Ayers used a sacrifice fly to score the game's first run. Senior Bill Cullen followed with an RBI single up the middle and freshman Matt Davis backed up Cullen with a bases clearing double, giving VCU a 4-0 lead.
  • Senior Joey Cujas belted an RBI double to left in the fourth inning. The RBI increased the Rams edge out to 5-0.
  • With runners on the corners, sophomore Cody Acker roped a single into right field to plate Logan Farrar, moving the score to 6-0.
  • The Rams plated two runs in the sixth, extending the lead to 8-0. In the frame VCU picked up RBIs from Ayers and Cullen.
  • VCU tacked on two more in the seventh, giving  the Black and Gold a 10-0 lead, behind back-to-back RBI singles of the bats of senior Joey Cujas and Ayers.
  • Saint Joseph's got on the scoreboard in the eighth inning with three runs behind an RBI single from Mike Muha and a two-RBI Stefan Kancylarz single.
  • The Rams followed up with a scoreless ninth to cap of the win, beating the Hawks 10-3.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • With the win, VCU snapped a three game losing skid. The losing streak was the first time the Rams lost more than one game in a row.
  • Junior Heath Dwyer went 7.0 scoreless innings and allowed just four hits to earn the win (3-0). The game marked the third time Dwyer has posted a scoreless start.
  • Cullen's triple in the fifth inning, the 18th in his time at VCU, moved the center fielder into a tie for the career all-time triples record with Erik Sauve ('94).
  • The center fielder also recorded four hits on the day (4-for-5), marking the second time Cullen has recorded four or more hits.
  • Besides Cullen, three other Rams posted multiple hit days: Acker (2), Cujas (2) and Machin (2).
  • Cullen, Davis and Machin also produced two RBIs apiece to spearhead the VCU 10 run outburst. Friday was the seventh time the Rams have posted 10 or more runs in a game.

QUOTABLE

It's great to get a win on Friday night. The boys came out extremely focused and ready to go, I thought our approach all night at the plate was very sound. We were locked in from the start, and once they went to their bullpen we did a great job of adapting to the different looks they brought out.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Heath Dwyer pitched like a Friday night guy tonight. You could tell he wanted the baseball in his hand after having to wait a while and really carried the workload for us tonight.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

The seniors played big today. Bill Cullen had four hits, Joey Cujas had two and Chris Ayers had two big RBIs for us. That's what you love to see as a coach, guys that have been in the program producing big when you need them.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

We need to be ready to go tomorrow, they have a good pitcher on the mound and it will be tougher as the weekend goes on, but we'll be ready to go.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • VCU returns to action on Saturday for the second game of the three-game series with St. Joseph's.  First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
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