Rams Late Rally Comes up Short; Fall to UNCW in Game Three, 3-2
FINAL: UNCW 3, VCU 2 - (Wilmington, N.C. – Brooks Field)
VCU STARTERS: Cullen (CF), Bunn (LF), Cujas (3B), Ayers (DH), Machin (SS), Buran (RF), Weymouth (2B), Haymaker (C), Marino (1B), Farrar (P)
UNCW STARTERS: Bass (2B), Abshire (RF), Ridge (DH), Dunlap (LF) LaGragne (3B) Dick (1B), Farber (C), Renville (CF), Connelly (SS), MacDonald (P)
THE BASICS: VCU scored two runs in the eighth inning, but its late rally fell short as the Rams dropped the series finale 3-2 to UNCW.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Both starters, Ryan Farrar (VCU) and Christian MacDonald (UNCW), had strong outings and the teams remained in a scoreless tie into the sixth inning.
- UNCW (9-6) scored the game's first run in the home half of the sixth inning. Michael Bass led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Abshire. Hunter Ridge reached base on catcher's inference putting runners on first and second. Ryan LaGrange followed with a RBI single to make the score 1-0 Seahawks. The next batter, Corey Dick followed suite plating Ridge and giving UNCW a 2-0 advantage.
- The Seahawks added another run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Luis Renville led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Terrance Connelly. Bass followed with a single up the middle scoring Renville and giving UNCW a 3-0 lead.
- VCU (9-3) mounted a rally in the top of the eighth inning sparked by pinch hit singles from junior Landon Prentiss and senior Brent Mikionis. With two outs, freshman James Bunn roped a double to the right field wall scoring both Prentiss and Mikionis cutting the Seahawks lead to 3-2.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Farrar, the Rams' starter, pitched 6.1 innings, struck out four, and allowed only one earned run. It was Farrar's first loss of the season.
- UNCW starter Jordan Ramsey threw 7.1 innings allowed four hits, and two runs and struck out one.
- Sophomore Matt Lees came on to close out the final 1.2 innings allowed three hits and faced eight batters.
"Ryan Farrar was good for us today and he gave us a chance to win. However, we were unable to take advantage of our opportunities today and came up short."
-VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler on the loss
"It was a disappointing weekend for us and there is not much to say about it. The thing about it is, if we want to be a good baseball team, we have to get back at the small things and details to get ready and bounce back on Tuesday."
-Stiffler on the road ahead
The Rams return home and open a nine-game homes stand with a mid-week date with Wagner on Tuesday, March 12 at 3 p.m.