AYERS' 3-FOR-4 DAY KEYS VCU 4-3 WIN OVER LA SALLE TO CAPTURE SERIES

FINAL: VCU 4 (28-9, 9-4), La Salle 3 (11-24, 6-7) (Richmond, Va.) – The Diamond

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

LA SALLE STARTERS: Baron (SS), Smith Jr. (CF), Korenblatt (RF), Williams (1B), Johnson (3B), Savakinus (2B), Ravert (DH), Prucnal (LF), Tierno (C), O'Neill (LHP)

THE BASICS: Junior JoJo Howie allowed just three hits through 7.1 innings of work to pick up his fourth win of the season for the Rams.  Senior Chris Ayers totaled three hits and one-RBI on the day, while senior Trevor Marino and Freshman Matt Davis also drove in runs.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU scored the first run of the game in the second inning, as a La Salle error with two outs plating senior Bill Cullen.
  • In the third VCU pieced together back-to-back two-out singles from senior Joey Cujas and junior Vimael Machin. Senior Chris Ayers capitalized with runners on the corners, driving an RBI single up the middle.
  • The Rams padded their lead in the sixth getting RBI from freshman Matt Davis and senior Trevor Marino. Marino's RBI came with two-outs to drive in Logan Farrar and move the Back and Gold lead out to 4-0.
  • La Salle loaded the bases with one out on the scoreboard, the Explorers picked up its first run of the game on a George Smith RBI groundout. The next batter Justin Korenblatt then drove in two more on a single up the middle, cutting the hosts lead down to 4-3.
  • Junior Matt Lees finished out the game with a 1.2 inning save, his fourth of the season.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Between the second and third innings junior JoJo Howie struck out five consecutive Explorers.
  • With the win VCU has now won 10 straight weekend series dating back to last may.
  • Marino extended his hitting streak to 12 games after an RBI-single in the sixth inning.   
  • VCU scored three of its four runs with two outs in the inning.
  • Eight of the nine hitters for the Rams reached via base hit on the day.
  • Lees now has seventeen career saves in his time with the Black and Gold; which is fourth on the all-time saves list.

QUOTABLE

Credit goes to the guys after dropping a tough one on Friday night they came back and were determined to get this series and they did it in every way.  We had an outstanding pitching performance from JoJo Howie, it was exactly what we needed. 

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Eight guys in the lineup got a hit today, we competed really hard against their tough left-hander O'Neill.  We capitalized on situations where he had to throw fastballs.  Out middle portion of the lineup was ready to drive in runs.  It was good to get the win.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

You want to know how to win baseball games?  Getting RBIs with two outs is huge, and we did that well today.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • VCU closes out its five-game home stand Tuesday night, when they welcome No. 1 Virginia to The Diamond. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

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