March 30, 2010

VCU SNAPS FOUR-GAME WINNING STREAK WITH 7-2 LOSS AT MARYLAND

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Virginia Commonwealth University committed a season-high six errors and snapped a four-game winning streak following a 7-2 loss against Atlantic Coast Conference foe Maryland on Tuesday evening at Shipley Field.

With the loss, VCU falls to 13-11, while Maryland improves to 10-15 on the season.

Six VCU players finished with one hit.  Junior Greg Fujii went 1-for-4 with two runs and a walk.  Senior Richard Gonzalez and junior Joe Van Meter each recorded an RBI for the Rams.

Freshman Brennan Huelse suffered his first collegiate loss after allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits in 2.2 innings, while Ian Schwalenburg tossed three scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win for Maryland.

Fujii led off the game with an infield single and moved into scoring position following a Gonzalez sacrifice bunt.  Van Meter continued with his clutch hitting as he laced the first pitch he saw over the head of Maryland first baseman Dan Gentzler and VCU took an early 1-0 lead.

Freshman Kyle Haynes, who walked four batters and hit another over the first two innings, issued back-to-back walks with one out in the second.  Both runners moved into scoring position on a passed ball before Matt Marquis lifted a sacrifice fly into left field and knotted the score at 1-1.  The Terrapins looked to take their first lead of the game as David Poutier hit a groundball to the left side of the infield.  However, the ball took a bad hop but Van Meter recovered and was able to throw out Brandon Padula trying to score from second base.

Fujii drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt to get things going for the Rams in the third.  He moved over to third base after a wild pitch before Gonzalez ripped an RBI single into right and VCU regained the lead, 2-1.

Maryland scratched back and knotted the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the frame.  Jon Wilson doubled down the right field line and advanced to third on a passed ball.  Haynes struck out Padula before Marquis drove in his second run of the game with a groundout to third base.

The Terps continued to pressure the Rams defense and took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth.  Fisher, who reached on an error by Van Meter, came home on an RBI single by Rodriguez and Maryland went ahead, 3-2.

A costly VCU error allowed the Terps to add a run to their lead in the sixth as Lenherr couldn't come up with a ground ball in right field and Gentzler, who drew a leadoff walk to start the frame, scored to increase Maryland's lead to 4-2.

The Terps added three runs in the bottom of the eighth after two more VCU errors and a pair of bases loaded walks, and pulled ahead, 7-2.

VCU entertains Liberty on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. matchup at The Diamond.

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