BURAN SCORES GAME-WINNING RUN IN 12TH INNING IN 5-4 VICTORY OVER UNCW
RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Baseball team needed extra innings to notch a 5-4 victory in 12 innings over visiting UNCW at The Diamond on Saturday, snapping a five-game losing streak.
In the bottom of the 12th, redshirt junior Taylor Buran dropped a one-out single into shallow right field to get things going. Freshman infielder Vimael Machin followed that up with an infield single, allowing Buran to advance to second.
With senior catcher Nick Abrahamson at the plate and with a 1-0 count to his credit, the VCU coaching staff sent Buran and Machin on a double steal. Buran slid safely into third and was able to jog to home after the UNCW catcher's throw skirted down the left field line.
VCU stands one game above .500 with a 12-11 overall record, including a 3-5 mark in CAA contests. UNCW drops to 11-11 overall and 6-2 in the CAA.
"I thought Ryan Farrar gave us as gutsy of a performance that I have seen out of one of our pitchers since Seth Cutler-Voltz's performance in the CAA Tournament against Georgia State in 2010," said VCU head coach Paul Keyes. "We did a good job late, with Vimael moving the ball and Buran providing some aggressive base running. UNCW made a mistake and we were able to capitalize on it."
After UNCW recorded the game's first run in the top of the first, the Black & Gold responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Sophomore outfielder Bill Cullen and senior outfielder Paul Nice led things off with back-to-back singles. Sophomore infielder Joey Cujas reached on a catcher's interference to load the bases. Cullen would come home to score on a turned double play by the Seahawks, with Nice later scoring on a single from sophomore Chris Ayers.
The Rams tacked on single runs in the top bottom of the second and third innings to take a 4-1 lead.
UNCW pushed across one run in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to 4-2, ending the scoring until the top of the ninth inning.
Farrar took the mound for the top of the ninth to try and capture his first complete game of his career after 17 starts. The Seahawks were able to muster a pair of runs off Farrar in the ninth, extending the game to extra innings.
Both teams had chances to pull ahead in the extra frames, but solid defense from both sides kept the tie intact until the Rams scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 12th.
Farrar (seven strikeouts) pitched nine complete innings for the Rams, before giving way to freshman hurler Matt Lees. Lees garners the victory and improves to 1-2 on the season.
VCU and UNCW will meet on Sunday at 1 p.m. at The Diamond for the third and final game of the three game series.