April 5, 2014

RAMS DROP GAME TWO OF SERIES WITH SAINT JOSEPH'S 6-2

 

FINAL: Saint Joseph's 6 (15-8, 5-2), VCU 2 (21-7, 4-2) (Richmond, Va.) – The Diamond

VCU STARTERS: Acker (RF), Bunn (LF), Cujas (3B), Machin (SS), Davis (2B), Farrar (DH), Marino (1B), Octavi (C), Blanchard (RHP)

SAINT JOSEPH'S STARTERS: Hueth (LF), O'Keefe (C), Forgey (RF), Cunningham (DH), Muha (1B), Kratochwill (2B), Boyd (SS), Jadacki (3B), Pater (CF), Thorpe (RHP)

THE BASICS: Saint Joseph's topped VCU 6-2 on Saturday, taking advantage of a tough day in the field for the Rams to win the game and even the series, 1-1.  Senior Trevor Marino had a hit and two-RBIs, the second two-RBI game for Marino in the last week.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Saint Joseph's kick started the scoring in the second frame, when a wild pitch allowed Mike Muha to score the game's first run.
  • The Rams' scored two of their own in the fourth. With runners on at second, freshman Matt Davis, and third, senior Bill Cullen, when senior Trevor Marino jolted a single up the middle to plate both runners.
  • Saint Joseph's put three on the board in the seventh.  With the help of a pair of VCU errors plated the frame's first run, a sacrifice fly from Muha brought home the second run, and Taylor Boyd singled up the middle to score Collin Forgey.
  • In the eighth, Saint Joseph's extended their lead to four, 6-2, after a bases-loaded walk and a RBI single from Muha.
  • Reliever Tyler Pallante shut the door on the Rams comeback chance, going 3.0 innings of no hit ball to earn his first save of the year.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • VCU is now 1-1 in the current series with Saint Joseph's, and moved to 4-2 in conference play with the loss.
  • Junior Matt Blanchard went 4.2 innings, giving up two hits and one run and did not factor in the decision.
  • The four errors by the Rams on the day were a season high.
  • Cody Acker extended his hitting streak to nine games, and has successfully reached base in each of the last seventeen games.
  • Marino's single up the middle gave him his second two RBI game in the past three outings.
  • Freshman Matt Davis picked up a pair of hits and was the sole Ram to produce more than one hit.

QUOTABLE

We have to give credit to Saint Joseph's, they played a good game.  Thorpe pitched really well for them, and showed good command of the strike zone.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Our game plan was executed pretty well to start the game, but it is tough to win when you walk eight and commit four errors. 

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

It is important to win series at home, and we look to bounce back with another good outing tomorrow to close the three game set.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • VCU returns to action on Sunday for the final game of the three-game series with St. Joseph's.  First pitch on Sunday is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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