CHARLESTON, S.C. – After pounding out 17 hits in a win against Charleston Southern yesterday, Virginia Commonwealth University managed just four Sunday as the Rams fell 5-2 in the series finale at CSU Ballpark.
VCU suffers its first loss of the season and slips to 2-1, while Charleston Southern secures its first victory of the 2010 campaign and improves to 1-2.
For the second day in a row, the Bucs had a big
second inning, posting four runs on three hits. Tyler
Thornburg singled through the left side to start the frame and
advanced to second on a wild pitch by Rams starter Michael
Graham. The VCU southpaw walked the next two batters
before Scotty Radabaugh's single to right put the Bucs on top
Charleston Southern wasn't finished as Tom Burkett crossed the plate following a balk and Brantley Meier came up with an RBI single to complete the Bucs' four-run second inning.
Taylor Perkins, who received the start behind the plate for the Rams, got VCU on the board with a solo home run over the left field wall to lead off the third inning.
VCU pulled within 4-2 after scoring a run in the top of the sixth. Richard Gonzalez began the inning with a double to left center and came home two batters later following a one-out double by Joe Van Meter.
The Rams' two-run margin didn't last long as Charleston Southern's Will Bedenbaugh added an insurance run with a homer in the bottom of the inning to make it 5-2.
Gonzalez, John Lenherr, Perkins and Van Meter each had one hit apiece for the Rams, while Matt Still paced Charleston Southern with a 2-for-3 outing.
VCU returns to action on Feb. 26 when it hosts Fairfield in the first of a three-game set.