March 27, 2010

VCU POSTS PAIR OF WALK-OFF WINS IN DOUBLEHEADER AGAINST NORTHEASTERN

VCU erased a two-run deficit and Van Meter came up with his second walk-off hit of the day in the bottom of the ninth as the Rams defeated Northeastern 5-4 in game two of the doubleheader.

Trailing 4-2 with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Perkins sent a single into right field to start the VCU rally.  Morgan laid down a bunt and was able to reach first base after a collision with Northeastern pitcher Andrew Leenhouts allowed the ball to get away.  Both runners moved into scoring position on a passed ball before Perkins scored on a wild pitch.  However, in an attempt to throw out Perkins at the plate, Huskies catcher Jon Leroux's toss sailed past Leenhouts and Morgan came home to tie the score at 4-4.

Gonzalez drew a walk and advanced to second on a single by Otto before Van Meter came up with his second game-winning hit of the day with a single up the middle.

Sophomore Seth Cutler-Voltz, who went the distance for VCU, allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits with eight strikeouts and no walks, and improved to 3-2 on the year.  Leenhouts suffered his first loss of the season after allowing five runs on seven hits in 8.1 innings of work.

Otto collected three hits in game two, while Morgan, who went a combined 5-for-9 at the plate on Saturday, and Van Meter, registered two hits apiece for the Rams.

Northeastern wasted little time getting on the board to start the second game.  Miller reached on a fielding error at first base to lead off the inning and later came home on an RBI double by Frank Compagnone.  Brendan Stokes followed with a two-out single into left field, which scored Compagnone, and the Huskies took a 2-0 lead.

VCU threatened in the bottom of the frame as the Rams loaded the bases with no out.  However, Leenhouts settled down, retired the side and stranded all three Black & Gold runners.

Northeastern built a 4-1 lead before VCU pulled within two after a Brent Mikionis (Powhatan, Va.) sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth.

VCU will conclude its three-game series against Northeastern on Sunday at 11 a.m. at The Diamond.

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