May 10, 2014

SIX-RUN SIXTH PUSHES THE RAMS PAST UMASS 10-6

 

FINAL: VCU 10 (33-14, 14-7), UMass 6 (12-29, 9-14)  (Amherst, Mass.) – Earl Lorden Field

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

UMASS STARTERS:  Adie (CF), Sanford (2B), Campero (3B), Begin (1B), Picard (RF), Geannelis (DH), Jennings (C), Morris (LF), Scifo (SS); Grant (RHP) 

THE BASICS: A big six-run ignited a 10-6 comeback win over UMass in game two of the series. The VCU offense outscored the hosts 7-1 between the sixth and eighth innings to take control of the contest.  

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Rams come out of the gates firing in the first inning, using a pair of singles from sophomore James Bunn and junior Vimael Machin. VCU couldn't cash in though, as the frame was put to a halt with an inning ending 4-6-3 double play.
  • UMass scratched the scoreboard in the second with an Adam Picard solo home run in the second.
  • The Minutemen added another run in the third after back-to-back doubles from Kyle Adie and Nick Sanford.
  • Machin reached base with a single through the right side in the fourth. The shortstop advanced to third on a throwing error from the pitcher, Machin then came home on back-to-back wild pitches.
  • VCU got its big jolt in the sixth, in the frame the first seven hitters reached base before UMass could record its first out. The Rams saw three runs come around to score, getting RBI from seniors Chris Ayers, Bill Cullen and Landon Prentiss. Cullen scored the go-ahead run for the Black and Gold, on a misplayed ball in the outfield.
  • In the frame, even an out scored a run, as senior Trevor Marino used an RBI groundout, extending the lead to two, 6-4.
  • The Rams left the inning with a 7-4 edge after a senior Joey Cujas sacrifice fly. VCU saw five different hitters produce an RBI during the sixth.
  • Again, the Black and Gold offense started red-hot in the seventh, getting the first three Rams aboard loading the bases. Freshman Darian Carpenter launched a long sacrifice fly to deep center, extending the lead to 8-4. VCU tacked on another when a failed rundown at second base brought home Cullen.
  • With Bunn on at third base in the eighth Machin laced a sacrifice fly to deep center field bringing home the sophomore left fielder.
  • Massachusetts' Mike Geannelis got one run back for the hosts on an RBI fielder's choice in the eighth.
  • A Dylan Begin sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the ninth brought home the game's final run, closing the books on the Rams 10-6 win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • With the win the Rams have qualified for the 2014 Atlantic 10 baseball tournament in St. Louis May 21-24.
  • Junior starter Heath Dwyer went 8.0 innings allowing five runs on 12 hits, picking up his sixth win (6-1) of the season.
  • UMass' first four hits all went for extra bases, with one home run and three doubles.
  • The six run sixth marked the 22nd time the Rams have rallied from behind to take a lead this season.
  • Machin recorded a three hit day for the third time this spring, going 3-for-4 on the day, with an RBI.
  • Hitters two trough five in the Black and Gold lineup each produced an RBI in the contest.

QUOTABLE

The guys responded really well after a tough one yesterday, like they always do. The middle of our lineup was solid again today with our upperclassmen Vimael Machin, Chris Ayers and Landon Prentiss leading the way. It's always good to see the senior leadership give us a lift when we need it.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Juniors Heath Dwyer and Tyler Bucleky really did a great job for us today. This ballpark played small and wild and they grinded it out and keeping runs to a minimum.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

We're going to have to come out early tomorrow with a lot of energy and be ready to go from first pitch on.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

At this time, our thoughts and our prayers are with the families dealing with the hot air balloon tragedy that occurred in Caroline County on Friday night.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • VCU and UMass will wrap-up the series tomorrow, with the rubber game set for 12 p.m.

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