April 11, 2014

RAMS DOMINATE SPIDERS 19-4 IN GAME ONE

FINAL: VCU 19 (24-7, 6-2), Richmond 4 (14-17-1, 5-5) (Richmond, Va.) – Pitt Field

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

RICHMOND STARTERS: Stanley (CF), Beckwith (SS), Kraeger (1B), Dacey (3B), Cook (RF), Brown (DH), Poulos (LF), Gadd (C), Small (2B), Lively (RHP)

THE BASICS: The Rams set a new season high for hits (22) and put up their second most runs of the season in a 19-4 beat down of Richmond on Friday afternoon. Junior Heath Dwyer tossed 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing five hits to move to 4-0 on the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • In the first he Rams put the first two runners on base with a walk and an error. That set the table for a three-run home run from Vimael Machin, giving VCU its first lead of the game. Freshman Logan Farrar added to the lead getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Sophomore Cody Acker capped off the scoring with a two-RBI single into right field giving VCU a 6-0 lead.
  • VCU continued to score in the second putting up four more runs. The Rams plated runs on a Chris Ayers RBI single, a Bill Cullen RBI double and a two-RBI single off of Trevor Marino's bat.
  • Ayers and Cullen each posted RBI singles in the third, increasing the Rams' lead to 12-0. Cullen used an RBI single in the fourth extended the Rams lead out to 13-0.
  • Machin added his second home run of the day in the sixth, on a solo shot over the right field wall. Ayers followed with a double to right and Cullen drove the catcher in on a single into right field.
  • A two-RBI double from senior Joey Cujas in the seventh pushed the Rams lead to 17-0.
  • VCU increased the lead to 19-0 with two runs in the eighth; getting pitch hit RBIs from seniors Bryce Lee and Landon Prentiss.
  • Richmond's Doug Kraeger put the Spiders first run on the board with a solo home run to lead off the ninth inning. The home team added to its total with a two-RBI single from Mike Small to cut VCU's lead to 16, 19-3. The Spiders added another run on a wild pitch but the Rams ended the game on top 19-4.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Junior hurler Heath Dwyer went 6.0 scoreless innings and allowed five hits to earn his fourth win of the season. Dwyer has picked up the win in his last four starts.
  • Between the bottom of the seventh Tuesday and the bottom of the ninth today the Rams outscored their opponents 30-1.
  • Senior Chris Ayers started the contest 3-for-3, meaning the catcher recorded a hit in his last seven at bats after going 4-for-4 against Virginia Tech on Tuesday.
  • Machin's two home runs marked the first time any Ram has record multiple home run game this season.
  • Center fielder Bill Cullen finished the day 5-for-5 with four RBIs.
  • After recording his only previous hit earlier this season with an RBI double, senior Bryce Lee, came on for as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and produced the same result.
  • Both Manchester High School products, Chris Ayers and Joey Cujas, produced four hit days and combined for four RBIs.

QUOTABLE

It's good to come out and get game one in this fashion and have some guys get some work in there. Offensively it was a good day we were able to get ahead early and expand the lead throughout the day.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

The upperclassman, Ayers, Cujas, Cullen and Machin were all really good today. It really says something about your unit when your upperclassmen perform well on Fridays.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Our pitching was great all day; they threw strikes and maintained their composure throughout the day. Heath Dwyer had a great start and we had some young guys come in and throw scoreless frames to keep things going.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

To only give up one walk and have no errors really speaks to our focus today. With that said it's only one win so we need to come out and play solid baseball again tomorrow.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • VCU and Richmond continue the series Saturday at Pitt Field, with first pitch coming at 1 p.m.

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