RICHMOND, Va. – The weather outside was beautiful. The
result? Not so much.
In the second game of a three-game series, the Virginia Commonwealth University baseball team fell victim yet again to the potent offensive attack of Western Kentucky University, 15-3, on Saturday afternoon at The Diamond.
"Western Kentucky is a great team, they would run away with our league if they were in it," Head Coach Paul Keyes said. "That being said, we have to be better than that. We have to come out with energy and focus if we're going to have any chance against a quality team like that."
The offensive onslaught started right away as Matt Payton roped the third pitch of the game into the left-centerfield gap for a double and came home two pitches later on an RBI single by Jared Andreoli to give WKU a 1-0 advantage.
RBI doubles by Andreoli and Matt Rice, along with an RBI single from Ryan Huck posted three more Hilltopper runs on the board in the top of the third to increase the visitor's lead to 4-0.
WKU would continue to pour it on with five more runs in the top of the fourth and four more in the top of the sixth.
While that was going on Shane Cameron cruised on the mound for the Hilltoppers, limiting the Black & Gold offense to just one hit over the first five innings.
VCU would finally get to Cameron in the sixth when sophomore Taylor Perkins (Dinwiddie, Va.) scorched an RBI single up the middle and then later came around on a sacrifice fly by senior Richard Gonzalez (Caguas, Puerto Rico).
Sophomore Brent Mikionis (Powhatan, Va.) concluded the Rams' scoring with an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth.
Payton was the offensive star for the Hilltoppers with a 5-for-6 day with two home runs, three RBIs and four runs scored. Andreoli, Rice and Jake Wells each had three hits apiece for WKU.
Seven different players had hits for VCU with Gonzalez, Perkins and Mikionis all tallying RBIs.
The two teams wrap up the series with a 12 p.m. showdown on Sunday afternoon at The Diamond.
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June 29, 2010 VAN METER NAMED TO VaSID FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE SQUAD
June 16, 2010 VAN METER NAMED TO ABCA/RAWLINGS ALL-EAST REGION TEAM
May 21, 2010 GAME 2: JAMES MADISON 11, VCU 8
May 21, 2010 GAME 1: VCU 6, JAMES MADISON 1
May 18, 2010 VCU FALLS AT LIBERTY, 7-6, ON WALK-OFF HOME RUN
May 9, 2010 GAME 1: VCU 3, VIRGINIA STATE 1
May 9, 2010 GAME 2: VCU 19, VIRGINIA STATE 1
April 28, 2010 FOUR-RUN FIRST INNING LEADS VCU TO 7-3 VICTORY AGAINST VMI
April 25, 2010 VCU BATTLES GEORGIA STATE TO 14-14 TIE IN 10 INNINGS
April 3, 2010 VCU RALLIES IN EXTRAS FOR 6-5 WIN AGAINST WILLIAM & MARY
March 31, 2010 VCU FALLS TO LIBERTY, 7-4, IN MIDWEEK MATCHUP
March 30, 2010 VCU SNAPS FOUR-GAME WINNING STREAK WITH 7-2 LOSS AT MARYLAND
March 28, 2010 VAN METER PULLS DOUBLE DUTY, PROPELS VCU TO SWEEP, 9-4
March 24, 2010 VCU SNAPS SKID, DEFEATS LONGWOOD 10-4
March 20, 2010 RAMS DROP SECOND GAME OF SERIES TO WESTERN KENTUCKY, 15-3
March 19, 2010 WESTERN KENTUCKY DEFEATS VCU, 19-4
March 17, 2010 BRIERE, LONGWOOD STYMIE VCU, 6-0
March 14, 2010 RAMS SHUT DOWN IN SERIES FINALE WITH BETHUNE-COOKMAN, 8-1
March 10, 2010 VCU BATS CRUSH QUINNIPIAC, 20-3
March 6, 2010 VCU WINS SECOND STRAIGHT, DEFEATS CLEVELAND STATE, 10-7
February 28, 2010 RAMS DROP SERIES FINALE TO FAIRFIELD, 6-4
February 26, 2010 VCU CANT HOLD OFF LATE FAIRFIELD RALLY, FALLS 7-5 IN 10 INNINGS
February 21, 2010 VCU DROPS SERIES FINALE AT CHARLESTON SOUTHERN, 5-2
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