VCU DROPS GAME ONE OF SERIES WITH LA SALLE 6-3

FINAL: La Salle 6 (11-22, 6-5), VCU 3 (26-9, 7-4) (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)

LA SALLE STARTERS: Baron (SS), Smith Jr. (CF), Korenblatt (RF), Williams (1B), Johnson (3B), Savakinus (2B), Ravert (DH), Conroy (LF), Tierno (C), Hollman (RHP)

THE BASICS: La Salle jumped out to an early 5-1 lead and held on for a 6-3 win over the Rams Friday night at The Diamond. In the loss senior Trevor Marino extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • La Salle produced the game's first run in the first frame on a Mark Williams groundout to third.
  • The Rams wasted little time to answer back, evening the game with a junior Vimael Machin sacrifice fly in the bottom half scoring sophomore James Bunn.
  • In the top of the third the Explorers plated three with RBI from Williams and Joey Ravert.
  • A Justin Korenblatt sacrifice fly extended the La Salle lead to 5-1.
  • With one-out in the fifth senior Trevor Marino roped a double into right center. Marino came around to score the Rams second run of the game on two consecutive wild pitches.
  • La Salle's Korenblatt picked up his second RBI in the sixth, increasing the visitors lead out to 6-2.
  • With one on and two outs in the bottom half off the frame freshman Logan Farrar got a run back for VCU, popping a double into left field.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • With a double in fifth inning Marino improved his season long hitting streak to 10 games.
  • Machin's sacrifice fly RBI marked the shortstop's ninth time in the last 12 games the shortstop drove in a run.
  • Sophomore James Bunn's three stolen bases set a new individual game high for the Rams this season.
  • VCU got 3.0 innings of scoreless relief out of junior Thomas Gill to keep the Explorers at bay. Gill kept La Salle hitless and struckout three in his 20th appearance on the year.

QUOTABLE

"For the first time this year, we were not ready to go from the first pitch to the last.  A lot of credit goes to La Salle, their pitcher did a good job of throwing strikes and mixing in his off-speed stuff." 

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

"We walked too many guys, fell behind in the count too often, and needed to come out with more energy.  We will look to make adjustments and bounce back tomorrow."

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • The Rams will continue their three-game set with La Salle tomorrow, first pitch is set for 3 p.m.
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