RICHMOND, Va. – Junior Paul Nice (Powhatan, Va.) collected four hits, but Virginia Commonwealth University left 11 runners on base and fell to Fordham, 3-1, in the series finale Sunday at The Diamond.
VCU slips to 1-2 with the loss, while Fordham improves to 2-1.
Senior John Lenherr (Windom, Kan.) plated VCU's lone run in the fifth inning, but that was all the Rams could muster. Junior Kyle Sutherland (Issaquah, Wash.) led off the fifth with a single to right field. Two batters later, Nice doubled to right to put runners on second and third. With two out, Lenherr dropped a bunt single down the third base line to pull VCU within 3-1.
Freshman Bill Cullen (Colonial Heights, Va.), who scored VCU's only run, was 2-for-4 on the day.
Sophomore Kyle Haynes (Stafford, Va.) started for VCU and took the loss. He threw five innings and allowed five hits and three runs, only one of which was earned. Haynes struck out three. The VCU bullpen was outstanding for the second straight day, turning in four scoreless frames.
Fordham jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the third inning. Chris Walker provided an RBI single in the first and then drove home Nick Martinez in the third with a sacrifice fly. Fordham also picked up a run in the second when David Kenny tripled and came around to score on an error.
VCU had opportunities on Sunday, but couldn't come through in the clutch. The Black and Gold loaded the bases with nobody out in the first inning, but couldn't score. VCU also had runners on second and third in the sixth with one out and failed to push across a run. The Black and Gold also hit into three double plays Sunday afternoon.
Rich Anastasi picked up the win in relief for Fordham, while Chris Pike threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings for his first save.
VCU returns to action on Friday when it hosts Monmouth at The Diamond at 3 p.m.