March 21, 2012

RICHMOND TAKES DOWN VCU 7-1 IN CITY RIVALRY GAME

RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Baseball team suffered a 7-1 setback to host Richmond Wednesday afternoon at Pitt Field.

The Spiders improved to 13-6 on the year, while the Rams drop to 11-10.

"Their pitcher (Andrew Blum) did a great job and kept us off balance all day," said VCU associate head coach Shawn Stiffler. "Blum finished with seven strikeouts in seven innings by mixing it up all day. We are going to encounter pitchers like that all year, but we have to do a better job of competing for a full nine innings."

The Rams had a chance early to sneak a run on the scoreboard, as sophomore infielder Bill Cullen reached on a throwing error by the second baseman to start off the game. After Blum fanned the next VCU batter, Cullen stole second before sophomore infielder Joey Cujas drew a walk. Cullen and Cujas would find themselves stranded on the bases, as the Rams followed with back-to-back fly outs to right field to end the inning.

Richmond jumped ahead in the bottom of the frame, with Matt Zink leading off with a double to left center. Zink advanced to third on a single, before coming around to score on a fielder's choice.

The Rams only run of the game came in the top of the second, as freshman infielder Vimael Machin smacked a home run over the wall in right field. The home run for Machin was the first of his collegiate career.

Richmond tacked on another lone run in the bottom of the fourth, before producing five runs in the bottom of the fifth to bring the score to its final at 7-1. The Spiders hit two home runs in the inning, including a three-run shot by Bryan Conway.

The Black & Gold used six pitchers in the contest and the group combined to fan 12 Richmond batters.

The Rams will return to the friendly confines of The Diamond this weekend, where VCU has posted a 9-2 record on the year.

VCU is set to host UNCW for a three-game series, with the first game scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m.

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