RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Baseball team was handed a 4-0 setback by visiting UNCW on Sunday afternoon at The Diamond.
The Rams overall record drops to 12-12, including a 3-6 mark in the CAA. UNCW improves to 12-11 and 7-2 in the CAA.
"I thought their pitcher (Jordan Ramsey) did a great job," said VCU head coach Paul Keyes. "He threw a heavy hard fastball all day and it was an impressive performance from the freshman. (Freshman) Heath Dwyer did a good job for us throwing seven innings. We need to do a better job as a team communicating because it led to some mistakes and UNCW did a good job taking advantage of them, which is it what good teams do.
UNCW pulled ahead 1-0 in the top of the first, as Matt Campbell led things off with a single to right field. After stealing second base, Campbell swiped third and jogged into home after an errant throw by the VCU catcher.
The fans in attendance at The Diamond would be treated to a pitcher's duel for the next five innings, as neither side could figure out the freshman hurlers.
UNCW extended its lead in the top of the seventh, pushing across three runs in the frame.
The Rams put together a last ditch effort in the bottom of the ninth, after sophomore infielder Joey Cujas reached on an infield single with one out. Senior infielder Taylor Perkins followed that up with a hit-by-pitch, advancing Cujas to second. After sophomore Chris Ayers grounded into a fielder's choice, redshirt junior Taylor Buran drew a pitch off his leg to load the bases. With the tying run at the plate, the Rams grounded out to the first baseman to end the contest.
Dwyer suffers the loss for the Rams despite throwing seven strong innings and allowing just one earned run. UNCW's Jordan Ramsey pitched 7.1 innings and fanned six VCU batters.
VCU will hit the road for its next contest, traveling to Lynchburg, Va., for a non-conference contest with Liberty this Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.