HOWIE GOES COMPLETE TO BEAT GW 4-2

FINAL: VCU 4 (32-11, 13-5), George Washington 2 (14-29, 6-14)  (Richmond, Va.) – The Diamond

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

GEORGE WASHINGTON: Bartosic (LF), Gibbons-Fly (DH), Campbel (3B), Beightol (1B), Xepoleas (CF), Robert (C), Shelby (RF), Mahala (SS), Kashi (2B), Williams (RHP)

THE BASICS: VCU got its second dominant pitching performance of the weekend, as JoJo Howie tossed his third complete game of the year to set down George Washington 4-2. Junior Vimael Machin led the way on the offensive end, recording two RBI in the win.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU's first two hitters, sophomores Cody Acker and James Bunn, reached base to start the first frame. A long fly ball off the bat of senior Joey Cujas pushed Acker to third and Bunn stole second putting cleanup hitter junior Vimael Machin in an RBI situation.
  • The San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico native cashed in, with a sacrifice fly into left that the fielder dropped plating Acker and giving VCU a 1-0 edge. Senior Bill Cullen added another run with an RBI single into right field pushing Machin across.
  • With a runner on at second for George Washington in the second, Colin Gibbons-Fly roped a single into left driving in the Colonials first run.
  • The Rams answered back in the following frame, down to the last out and runners on at first and second senior Joey Cujas smoked a single into shallow left field to score senior Trevor Marino. Machin added to the total with an RBI double down the left field line plating Bunn before Cujas was thrown out at home.
  • George Washington tacked on another run in the sixth on a Bobby Campbell sacrifice fly into center field, closing the gap to 4-2.
  •  That ended the scoring for the Colonials as Howie closed out the game with three straight scoreless frames.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • With wins in the first two games of the weekend meeting, the Rams have claimed the series. The series win marks the 12th straight weekend set the Black and Gold have won dating back to last season at George Washington (May 10-12).
  • VCU's starter junior JoJo Howie threw his third complete game of the season, allowing two earned runs on five hits, while striking out five Colonials. With the win Howie now moves to 6-2 on the year.
  • George Washington's Jacob Williams also went the distance for the Colonials
  • Paired with junior Heath Dwyer's complete game yesterday, for the first time this year VCU has produced back-to-back complete games.
  • Acker connected two base hits in the first and second inning for his 15th multiple hit game of the season.
  • The Black and Gold's cleanup hitter, Machin, continues to provide, as he recorded two RBI on the day.  It marks his 11th multiple RBI performance of the season.

QUOTABLE

 

It was a good job by the guys tonight coming out here and getting the series win. JoJo Howie was tremendous for us on the mound tonight, really anytime you throw 9.0 innings and you don't walk anyone you give your team an opportunity to win.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Our pitching has been really good over the last week and a half, we've done a really good job of throwing strikes and getting ahead of hitters. That's really been the key in these first two wins.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Tomorrow we have to come out a little more focused and take care of the baseball a little better and get a little bit more focused with our at bats, we'll put ourselves in a chance to win.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

I'm excited to honor our seniors tomorrow, they're a special group and we certainly want to send them off on a great note.

WHAT'S NEXT

  • VCU and George Washington conclude the series tomorrow, with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. at The Diamond. Prior to the contest the Rams will honor the 11 graduating seniors from the 2014 class.
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