RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University posted its second straight Colonial Athletic Association series victory after defeating The College of William & Mary, 1-0, Sunday afternoon in the final game of a three-game set.
VCU has won back-to-back series to start the conference schedule and improves its record to 15-13 overall with a 5-1 mark in CAA play. William & Mary falls to 17-10 and 3-3 in conference action.
Senior Richard Gonzalez collected hits in his first two at bats and finished 2-for-4 with a run to lead the Rams offensively as both squads managed just five hits apiece.
Freshman righthander Kyle Haynes picked up his second win of the season for the Rams after surrendering just two hits in 5.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Senior Robbie Andrews tossed a scoreless ninth inning to earn his team-leading fourth save of the year.
William & Mary threatened first in the second inning as Jonathan Slattery lined a double deep into the right center gap but the Rams executed a flawless relay and threw out Chris Jensen trying to score from first base.
VCU scratched across a run in the third inning, which proved to be the game-winner. Gonzalez recorded his second hit of the day with a single to left before William & Mary starter Brett Goodloe hit a pair of batters to load the bases with two out. Sophomore Brent Mikionis came through with an RBI single to left and the Rams took a 1-0 lead.
After Haynes issued back-to-back walks with one out in the sixth, junior Jonathan Watson kept William & Mary off the board as he relieved the rookie and retired the final two batters of the inning, and the Tribe left the tying run at second base.
Watson stayed on to pitch the seventh and eighth and ran his scoreless streak to 11.2 innings. The last time the righthander allowed a run was on March 20 against Western Kentucky.
Andrews surrendered a one-out double in the ninth but it was all the Tribe could manage in its final trip to the plate.
William & Mary had at least one base runner reach in final six innings but couldn't scratch across a run, including five frames where the Tribe left a runner in scoring position.
VCU will return to action on Tuesday when it battles cross-town rival University of Richmond at The Diamond. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.