VCU OPENS A10 TOURNAMENT WITH 5-2 WIN OVER RICHMOND

FINAL: No. 4 VCU (35-18), No. 5 Richmond (24-27-1) (St. Louis) – Billiken Sports Complex

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

RICHMOND STARTERS: Fraser (LF), Small (2B), Kraeger (1B), Dacey (3B), Beckwith (SS), Brown (DH), Cook (RF), Moheit (C), Poulos (CF); Sterling (LHP)

THE BASICS: The Rams took a 3-1 lead through four innings of work, the Spiders closed within one in the seventh 3-2. VCU put two more runs on the board in the eighth to pickup a 5-2 win in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Black and Gold return to action tomorrow at 11 a.m. (ET) when they take on top seed and host Saint Louis.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Sophomore Cody Acker started the tournament off with a leadoff single. Acker then stole second moving into scoring position. The right fielder moved to third on a junior Vimael Machin grounded out advancing Acker to third. Senior Chris Ayers poked a single through the left side bringing home Acker and giving VCU a 1-0 lead.
  • In the second inning, freshman Logan Farrar opened the frame with a single up the middle, using a stolen base and a wild pitch to advance to third. Classmate Matt Davis launched a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Farrar and extending the lead out to 2-0.
  • The fifth seeded Spiders got on the board in the third with a Nick Poulos RBI sacrifice bunt.
  • Davis roped an RBI double down the left field line scoring sophomore James Bunn and extending the Rams lead back out to two, 3-1, in the fourth.
  • Richmond loaded the bases in the seventh scoring a run on an RBI bases loaded walk from Matt Dacy.
  • VCU tacked on two more insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth on Spider fielder's choices.
  • Junior reliever Daniel Concepcion closed out the game picking up the save after 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Junior starter Heath Dwyer went 6.1 innings allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out two spiders.
  • Concepcion picked up his first save of the season going 2.1 innings of relief allowing two hits and no runs.
  • With his 3-for-4 day Logan Farrar now has eight hits over the past four games.
  • After not recording a hit in the previous eight games, Matt Davis broke out of his slump in style going 1-for-2 with two RBI on a double and sacrifice fly.
  • Seniors Bill Cullen and Chris Ayers both went 2-for-4 in the win with each scoring a run. 

QUOTABLE

It was a great job by our guys today; it's always a great job to get the first one in tournament play. Any time you can take game one of the tournament over your crosstown rival is a nice touch. Heath Dwyer was phenomenal for us today and then our bullpen also did a fabulous job closing out the game only allowing two hits in the final 2.2 scoreless innings.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

The middle of our lineup was very good today, with Ayers and Cullen setting the tone and then our young guys Matt Davis and Logan Farrar picked up key hits and RBI all day.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

We have to be ready to go for tomorrow we have top ranked Saint Louis and it's gonna be tough.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • The Rams will continue play in the Atlantic 10 tournament tomorrow at 11 a.m. (ET) when they match-up with top seeded Saint Louis.
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