CULLEN SETS CAREER TRIPLES MARK IN VCU'S 5-1 WIN OVER RICHMOND

FINAL: VCU 5 (25-7, 7-2), Richmond 1 (14-18-1, 5-6) (Richmond, Va.) – Pitt Field

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

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

THE BASICS: After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, the Rams scored five unanswered runs to cruise to a 5-1 win. Junior starting pitcher Matt Blanchard earned his third win of the season, going 6.0 innings and allowing one run to score. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Spiders loaded the bases in the first inning, brining home the game's first run on a Ryan Cook sacrifice fly into center field. That was all the damage the hosts did, as Blanchard got out of the jam with a bases loaded strikeout.
  • A senior Bill Cullen triple set the table in the top of the second for a freshman Matt Davis' RBI single to tie the game at 1-1.
  • Cody Acker and James Bunn started the sixth inning with a hit by pitch and a single to put two runners on. The sophomore classmates advanced to second and third on a Richmond error. Senior Joey Cujas broke the tie on an RBI-single to the left center gap.
  • The Rams went on to score two more in the inning, one coming on a Spiders throwing error and the other on a two-out Cullen RBI-single into center field.
  • VCU produced a run in the seventh when senior Trevor Marino led off the frame with a single, senior Nick Octavi pushed him to second on a sacrifice bunt and Acker advanced Marino to third on a groundout to first. The next batter, Bunn, dropped down a bunt single to bring the first baseman home and extend the lead out to 5-1.
  • Juniors Matt Lees and Thomas Gill closed out the game, providing three innings of scoreless relief to secure the 5-1 win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Starter Matt Blanchard went 6.0 strong innings of one run ball, allowing three hits and striking out seven in the process.
  • Bill Cullen's triple into right field moved the center fielder now holds the school record for career triples all by himself with 19.
  • After going 0-for-6 yesterday, Bunn responded with a 3-for-4 day at the plate marking his 11th multiple hit game of the season.
  • Cullen and Cujas both recorded two hits on the day for their eighth and 12th multiple hit games respectively.
  • Four different Rams produced RBIs, with the fifth run coming on a Richmond error.

QUOTABLE

It's great to come out here and get the series win on Saturday against a very tough Richmond team on the road.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Matt Blanchard really gave us a good outing after getting in some trouble in the first he really settled in and provided 6.0 strong innings of work.  Our bullpen then did a great job of backing him up to secure the win.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Richmond's starter Zak Sterling did a great job of keeping our hitters off balance, and we knew today was going to be a tough one. So I was happy to get some big hits out of our bats to allow us to take the series.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

We're glad to see (Bill) Cullen claim the career triples record at VCU he's been a mainstay in our lineup, and it really goes to show you what players can accomplish if they stick to their mental approach.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

We know tomorrow is going to be a real tough game, and I expect the guys to be ready to grind it out from first pitch on.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

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