VAN METER PULLS DOUBLE DUTY, PROPELS VCU TO SWEEP, 9-4

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior Joe Van Meter (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) drove in three runs and threw five innings to pick up his first victory of the season and lead Virginia Commonwealth University to a 9-4 victory over Northeastern Sunday at The Diamond.

With the win, the Rams completed a three-game sweep of the Huskies and improved to 13-10 on the year, including 3-0 in Colonial Athletic Association play. Northeastern is 6-8 overall and 0-3 in CAA action.

Van Meter, who provided walk-off base hits in each of the first two games of the series, gave VCU a 2-1 lead with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the first inning. In all, the Rams would score five runs in the inning.

Van Meter added another RBI single in the second inning as VCU grabbed a 6-1 lead. On the mound, the Oyster Bay, N.Y. made his first start of the year and allowed four runs, three earned, and five hits in five innings of work. Sophomore Kyle Pelchy (Yorktown, Va.) and senior Robbie Andrews (Covington, Va.) combined to throw four innings of scoreless relief.

Additionally, sophomore Brett Mikionis (Powhatan, Va.) hit his second home run of the year, a two-run  shot, and finished the day 2-of-5. Seniors M.L. Morgan (Petersburg, Va.) and Doug Otto (Jefferson City, Mo.), as well as junior John Lenherr (Windom, Kan.) and sophomore Taylor Perkins (Dinwiddie, Va.) also had two hits for the Rams, who battered Northeastern pitching for 15 base hits.

Sunday's standout performance capped an outstanding weekend for Van Meter, who was 6-of-15 at the plate and drove in a team-high five runs.

VCU returns to the field on Tuesday, March 30 when it heads to College Park, Md. to meet the University of Maryland at 6 p.m.

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