RICHMOND, Va. – Senior David Benson (Everett, Wash.) threw six outstanding innings for Virginia Commonwealth University, but Longwood's Chris Briere was a shade better to lead the Lancers to a 6-1 win Wednesday evening at The Diamond.
VCU slips to 4-7 with the loss. Longwood is 11-5.
Benson dazzled for six shutout frames, allowing just four baserunners while striking out nine Lancers. Benson exited the game prior to the seventh with a 1-0 lead.
Briere (3-1) shut down the Rams, however, tossing eight innings of five-hit ball. He struck out five and walked three. Briere's only mistake came in bottom of the first, when junior Paul Nice (Powhatan, Va.) doubled down the left field line and came around to score on a wild pitch.
The bats for both teams were quiet until the top of the eighth, when Longwood broke open a 1-1 contest. Alex Owens snapped the tie with a two-run, bases loaded double off of Rams' reliever Jonathan Watson (Richmond, Va.). Catcher Scott Burkett followed with a two-run single to push the Lancers to a 5-1 lead.
Nice and freshman centerfielder Bill Cullen (Colonial Heights, Va.) were both 2-for-3 in the game for the Rams. Junior Kyle Pelchy (Yorktown, Va.) took the loss for the Black and Gold.
VCU returns to The Diamond this weekend when it hosts Holy Cross and Princeton in the Terry Sisisky Classic. The Rams will open the weekend on Friday, March 11 against Holy Cross. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.