February 26, 2012

RAMS EARN THE SWEEP OVER BINGHAMTON WITH 12-3 VICTORY ON SUNDAY

RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Baseball team finished off its series sweep of visiting Binghamton University with a 12-3 victory in front of a nice crowd on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at The Diamond.

With the victory, VCU improves to 4-4 on the year, while Binghamton drops to 0-3.

"I thought Binghamton came out ready to roll and got on Kyle (Pelchy) a little bit, he didn't have his best stuff early," said VCU Head Coach Paul Keyes. "I told the guys that we did a good job of being experienced and only giving up a pair of runs in the top of the second. Kyle settled in and pitched really well the rest of the way. (Senior Outfielder) Paul Nice had a really big hit for us, not the biggest hit of the day, but it was a double that really got us going to get those four runs in the bottom of the third to hand us the lead. We looked liked a pretty experienced club out there and we just have to keep getting better."

Binghamton would record runs in both the first and second innings, including a pair of runs in the top of the second.

The Rams would knock in four runs off Binghamton starter Jake Lambert in the bottom of the third, kicked off by a walk to freshman infielder Vimael Machin. Machin would score all the way from first on a double by Nice into left field. After sophomore outfielder Bill Cullen reached safely on a bunt single, sophomore infielder Joey Cujas roped a double down the right field line to score Nice and Cullen. Cujas would score from second on a single up the middle by redshirt junior Brent Mi kionis.

The Rams would tack on another three runs in the bottom of the fifth, with all three runs coming with two outs in the frame. Junior infielder Jordan Weymouth hit a high fly ball to right field, carrying over the wall for a solo home run. It marked the first home run in a VCU uniform for Weymouth (pictured right). Cujas drew a pitch in his side for a free pass to first base, before advancing to third on a single by Mikionis. Mikionis would take second on the play as the Bearcats tried to throw Cujas out at third, unsuccessfully. The two Rams would come home to score on a single up the middle by senior catcher Taylor Perkins.

The Black & Gold would push across five more runs over the last two innings of play, with four coming across in the bottom of the seventh.

Pelchy earned his first victory of the season after throwing 107 pitches in six innings. The Rams would trot out three pitchers out of the bullpen, in freshman Matt Lees, senior Josh Alford and redshirt senior Michael Graham.

Lambert took the loss for the Bearcats, after allowing seven runs in 4 and 2/3rds innings.

The Rams will continue the home stand with a midweek game against Norfolk State University this Tuesday at The Diamond. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

 

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