RAMS SCORE DOUBLE DIGIT RUNS FOR 10TH TIME THIS SEASON IN 13-1 ROUT OF NORFOLK STATE

FINAL/7: VCU 13 (26-8, 7-3), Norfolk State 1 (12-20, 8-6) (Richmond, Va.) – The Diamond

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

NSU STARTERS: Lee (SS), Moore (CF), Cardwell (LF), Markel (1B), Kyriacou (RF), Ellis (2B), Burrell (3B), Vaas (DH), Hotusing (C), Applin (RHP)

THE BASICS: The Black and Gold scored five runs in the first three innings and cruised to a 13-1 win over Norfolk State on Wednesday night.  Bunn, Machin and Cullen all had multiple-RBI days, while Concepcion pitched four scoreless innings in the winning effort.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • In the first, the Rams put sophomore James Bunn on third and senior Joey Cujas on second with one out to set the table for junior Vimael Machin. The shortstop drove in the game's first run driving a sacrifice fly to center field.
  • VCU went on to load the bases in the frame, with freshman Matt Davis singling through the left side to bring home Cujas and give the Rams a 2-0 edge.
  • Freshman Logan Farrar led off the second with a double into left field, senior Trevor Marino pushed Farrar to third on a sacrifice bunt. The next batter, sophomore Cody Acker, roped an RBI groundout down the first base line brining home Farrar.
  • With one on and no outs in the third Machin blasted a two-run home run over the right field wall for his second and third RBI of the night.
  • VCU picked up RBI from Bunn, Cujas, Machin and Cullen in fourth to see its lead balloon out to 10-0.
  • The Rams tacked on three in the fifth getting RBI from Darian Carpenter and Cullen.
  • Norfolk State tacked on a run in the seventh inning when Tyon Ore scored following a VCU error.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Junior Daniel Concepcion got the start going four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out four.
  • With his home run in the third inning, Machin has hit three long balls in the last three games. It stands as only the second home run The Diamond has seen this season.
  • Machin picked up an RBI in his first three plate appearances.
  • With the 13 runs, the Rams have produced 10 or more runs 10 times this season.
  • The Black and Gold reached the double-digits in runs for the third time in the past five games.

QUOTABLE

"First off, it was an unbelievable experience to play in front of our armed forces.  Our guys were really excited to play in front of them.  We are very thankful for their services."

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

"The guys did everything the coaching staff asked of them.  We asked them to play clean baseball and throw strikes.  Concepcion and Jamer both pitched very well, and Greene came in and threw well after missing some time."

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

"Offensively, I thought we did a great job of piecing together at bats and taking advantage of their mistakes, plus we played clean defense.  It was a great win heading into a conference series this weekend."

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • VCU returns to conference play Friday for a three game series with La Salle. First pitch on Friday is slated for 6:30 p.m.
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