RAMS FALL TO UMASS 5-4 IN THE 10TH

FINAL: VCU 4 (32-14, 13-7), UMass 3 (12-28, 9-13)  (Amherst, Mass.) – Earl Lorden Field

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

UMASS:  Adie (CF), Sanford (2B), Campero (3B), Begin (1B), Campero (3B), Picard (RF), Jennings (C), Morris (LF), Scifo (SS), Maher (DH); LeBlanc (LHP) 

THE BASICS: The Rams used a two-run seventh inning rally to take the lead over UMass but couldn't hold on, as the Minutemen walked it off in the 10th, 5-4.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • In the first, junior Vimael Machin used a two-out double into right field to put a runner in scoring position. Senior Chris Ayers cashed in singling to center, bringing Machin home to give VCU a 1-0 lead.
  • Massachussetts returned the favor in the third, using a Kyle Adie RBI single to level the game 1-1.
  • A lead off home run from Nick Campero gave the hosts their first lead of the day 2-1 in the fourth. UMass wasn't done there as they pieced together two more hits to put runners on at first and third. A Dylan Morris sacrifice fly to left doubled the Minutemen lead 3-1 after four.
  • VCU followed the UMass go-ahead inning with some action of their own in the fifth. Senior Landon Prentiss lead off single set the tone for the Rams' frame, as a wild pitch and groundout moved the utility man to third. With Prentiss on at third senior Joey Cujas launched a double to left center, closing the gap to 3-2.
  • After a scoreless sixth, the Black and Gold went back at it in the seventh piecing together three consecutive hits with two out plating two runs. In the frame VCU got RBI from Machin to tie the game and Ayers drove in the go-head run with a single to center.
  • VCU's lead wouldn't hold as Adie drove in the game-tying run with a single, brining home Morris.
  • The Minutemen loaded the bases in the extra frame, with the game ending on a walk-off wild pitch.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Starter JoJo Howie went 6.1 innings allowing four runs on nine hits in a no decision.
  • With the 10-inning contest, the Rams have played five extra inning affairs this season. Friday's game marked the second time the rams have gone to extras on the road (at Furman, Feb. 23).
  • Spots two through five in the VCU lineup went 9-for-20 (.450) on the day with four RBI, two runs scored and two extra base hits.
  • With his three hits on the day, Cujas now has 17 multiple hits games this season. That total leads the Rams offense.
  • Sophomore James Bunn had his season-long 12-game hitting streak snapped with a 0-for-4 day at the dish.

QUOTABLE

JoJo did a great job for us today, coming on in an emergency start for a sick Heath Dwyer. His ability to make the tough out pitches and really grind it out kept us in the game.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Not much to really say about the game today, Mike Geannelis came in and did a real nice job keeping our guys off balance in relief to keep us in check.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler 

We need to come out over the next two days and play with a lot more energy and more urgency. We're going to have to call on our veteran leaders to get going and keep us moving for the rest of this week.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • VCU and UMass will continue the series tomorrow, with first pitch set for 1 p.m.
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