HIGH POINT, N.C.- Senior John Lenherr and junior Kyle Sutherland collected three hits apiece but it wasn't enough as Virginia Commonwealth University suffered an 8-2 setback at High Point Wednesday night.
VCU slips to 6-10, while High Point, which has won 12 of its last 14 games, improves to 12-7.
Sutherland went 3-for-4 and drove in both of VCU's runs, and Lenherr went 3-for-3 with a double. The duo combined for six of the Rams' eight hits. Sophomore Nick Kime and junior Taylor Buran also posted hits for VCU.
High Point scored eight runs on just five hits thanks to a pair of homers by sophomore Ryan Retz. Retz finished 2-for-2 with five RBI and three runs.
Panthers' starter Corey Swingle tossed six shutout innings and picked up his first win of the year (1-0). Freshman Ryan Morrison, who allowed three runs on two hits in three innings, was charged with the loss in his first collegiate start.
High Point wasted little time getting its offense going. Mike Mercurio led off the bottom of the first with a one-out walk. Retz then stepped to the plate and blasted a two-run shot over the left centerfield wall to give High Point an early 2-0 lead.
The game remained the same until the bottom of the third when Mercurio led off with another walk. A sacrifice bunt and wild pitch moved him to third before Retz delivered his third RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly.
Retz again provided a spark for the High Point in the sixth. Following a leadoff single from Sal Pezzino, Retz came through with his second home run of the day and pushed the Panthers' lead to 5-0.
High Point added three more in the eighth, scoring two runs on wild pitches before Spencer Andrews made it 8-0 with an RBI groundout.
VCU tried to provide a spark in the ninth as the Rams scored their first two runs. Junior Taylor Perkins reach on an error before Kime smoked a double into left field. Sutherland then delivered the Rams only runs on the evening with a two-RBI single.
The Rams open conference play this weekend with a three-game set against James Madison. The Dukes and VCU square off Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and conclude the series Sunday at 2 p.m.