RAMS WIN 16 INNING THRILLER OVER SLU

FINAL/16: No. 4 VCU 8 (37-19), No. 1 Saint Louis 6 (33-21) (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); Buckley (RHP)

SAINT LOUIS STARTERS: Brennan (CF), Solé (SS), Vigliarolo (1B), Murphy (RF), Martinez (3B), Bozarth (LF), Mannion (2B), Henson (C), Bates (DH); Girrens (RHP)

THE BASICS: After Saint Louis scored three runs in the sixth to take a 5-4 lead. The Rams posted 10 scoreless frames including 7.0 shutout innings from junior Daniel Concepcion to knock off Saint Louis in 16.0 innings. With the win the have advanced to the Atlantic 10 tournament final against George Mason with first pitch set for 1 p.m. (ET).

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU used a three-run first inning to open the scoring highlighted by a two-RBI single through the left side.
  • Saint Louis countered with a run of their own in the third on a Rams' throwing error, cutting the lead down to 3-1.
  • With runners on at second and third the Rams plated another run with senior Joey Cujas roping an RBI single into center field.
  • The Billikins pulled back within two, 4-2 on a VCU error brining home Danny Brennan.
  • Saint Louis loaded the bases in the sixth with no outs on the board. Alec Solé then drove an RBI single back up the middle to inch the Billikens one run closer. Mike Viliarolo followed with a two RBI chopper up the middle to give SLU its first lead of the day at 5-4.
  • The lead didn't last long as the Rams evened things up in the top of the seventh on a Billikens throwing error to score Cujas.
  • Then the two clubs locked into an eight inning scoreless stretch that saw each team put runners into scoring position but leaving frames empty handed.
  • Each team saw it's reliver go 7.0 innings in the span with Concepcion tossing 7.0 strong allowing one run on six hits while striking out four.
  • Saint Louis' best opportunity came in the 15th inning when they loaded the bases with one out but Concepcion ended the frame with s strikeout and a pop fly to avoid any damage.
  • After back-to-back singles in the 16th from sophomore James Bunn and freshman Logan Farrar put runners on at the corners. After Farrar's single an offline Billikens throw brought Bunn home and gave VCU the edge in the frame.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Junior Tyler Buckley made his first start of the season going 2.2 innings allowing two hits and an unearned run.
  • VCU used six different pitchers over the 16.0 innings, with Concepcion's 7.2 innings providing the most work of any arm.
  • The right-handed reliver Concepcion threw 108 pitches on the day, 76 going for strikes.
  • Three different Rams picked up a trio of hits in seniors Bill Cullen and Joey Cujas as well as freshman Logan Farrar.
  • The 16.0 inning affair was the longest in both innings played and time (5:30).

QUOTABLE:

I can't express how happy I am for the guys right now, we came out and earned that one with our toughness and ability to compete all night long.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

The effort of Daniel Concepcion and our whole bullpen really was nothing short of fabulous and Daniel's 7.0 innings of relief for us just put the team on his back and kept grinding.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Up and down our lineup we just never quit, even when things weren't falling we just never quit for the middle part of the game, but the guys stayed at it like they have all year.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Tomorrow we'll wake up put together a plan and have a chance to compete for a championship and I'm extremely proud to say that after today.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • The Rams now advance to the Atlantic 10 final where they will matchup with third seeded George Mason at 1 p.m. (ET). VCU will have to take a double header from the Patriots to claim the 2014 crown.

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