HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The VCU Baseball team suffered a 7-4 setback to host Hofstra University on Friday at University Field.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 11-7 overall and 2-2 in CAA play, while the Pride improve to 6-9 overall and 2-2 in CAA play.
"Give credit to Hofstra because they did a good job of scoring late in the game," said VCU head coach Paul Keyes. "We had our situations to pull ahead, which would have spaced things out for us, but Hofstra did a god job of keeping us off the board in those situations. That is something you need to do when you are on the road, so we need to do a better job of that the rest of the weekend."
The Rams did their biggest damage offensively in the top of the second inning, pushing three runs across in the frame. Redshirt junior infielder Brent Mikionis led off the inning with a double down the left field line, before advancing to third on a groundout to the second baseman by freshman infielder Vimael Machin. Sophomore outfielder Landon Prentiss drove in Mikionis with a sharp single through the left side. Prentiss advanced to second on a groundout by senior outfielder Paul Nice. Sophomore outfielder Bill Cullen followed that up with a double over the right fielder that scored Prentiss, before coming around to score on a single up the middle by junior infielder Jordan Weymouth.
The Pride posted a run of its own in the bottom of the frame to cut the lead to 3-1.
VCU added its fourth and final run of the contest in the top of the fourth, as Prentiss reached on a fielding error. Prentiss would advance to third following back-to-back infield singles by Cullen and Weymouth that clipped off the Hofstra pitcher. Sophomore infielder Joey Cujas drove in Prentiss with a sacrifice fly to right, extending the Rams lead to 4-1.
Hofstra scored its second run of the game in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 4-2.
The Pride took the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh, pushing across three runs in the inning before recording an out. Senior pitcher Seth Cutler-Voltz came into the game and fanned Kenny Jackson for the first out, before forcing a double play to end the inning with the Rams trailing 5-4.
The Pride added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth to bring the score to its final at 7-4.
VCU junior Kyle Haynes takes the loss for the Rams, pitching six innings and allowing five runs.
Hofstra's David D'Errico picked up the victory, pitching 7.1 innings and allowing four runs. Bryan Verbitsky earned the save after recording the last five outs of the game.
The Rams and Pride will be back at it on Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. at University Field.