VCU Falls to No. 7 Virginia in Front of a Season-High Crowd of 4,104

FINAL: No. 7 Virginia 11, VCU 3 (Richmond, Va. – The Diamond at the HDL Inc. Athletic Village)

VCU STARTERS: Cullen (CF), Bunn (LF), Cujas (3B), Ayers (C), Machin (SS), Buran (RF), Mikionis (1B), Weymouth (2B), Prentiss (DH), Black (P)

VIRGINIA STARTERS: Cogswell (SS), King (1B), McCarthy (DH), Downes (CF), Papi (RF), Fisher (LF), Howard (3B), Gragnani (2B), Irving (C), Kirby (P)

THE BASICS: No. 7 Virginia picked up an 11-3 victory over VCU in front of a season-high crowd of 4,104 at The Diamond, part of the HDL Inc. Athletic Village on Tuesday night.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • No. 7 Virginia (39-8) scored the game's first two runs in the top of the second inning. Brandon Downes and Mike Papi recorded back-to-back singles, both moving into scoring position on a wild pitch. With one-out, Nick Howard grounded out to third base, scoring McCarthy. The next batter, Reed Gragnani, roped an RBI single into center field giving UVA a 2-0 lead.
  • The Cavaliers tacked on three more runs in the top of the third inning. Brandon Cogswell started the inning with a double, scoring on a single from Jared King. Back-to-back singles from Joe McCarthy and Dowens, loaded the bases. The next batter, Papi earned a walk, bringing home a run for Virginia. With one-out, Nick Howard sent a towering fly ball to right field for a sacrifice fly and giving the Cavaliers a 5-0 advantage.
  • Virginia brought 10 hitters to the plate in the top of the sixth inning scoring four runs, and extending its lead to 9-0. UVA had RBIs from McCarthy, Derek Fisher, and Papi in the frame.
  • VCU (21-22) rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one-out, junior Joey Cujas started the rally with a single. The next batter, junior Nick Octavi reached on an error putting runners on the corners. Sophomore Vimael Machin RBI grounded out, allowing Cujas to score the Rams' first run. Senior Taylor Buran roped an RBI single into left field, scoring Cujas. The next batter, senior Cody Yount, followed suit cutting the Cavaliers lead to 9-3.
  • Virginia added insurance runs in the eighth and ninth innings with RBIs from Gragnani and Downes. Allowing the Cavaliers to take an 11-3 lead.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Senior Jordan Weymouth extended his season-long hitting streak to 11-games.
  • UVA starting pitcher Nathan Kirby threw two innings, not allowing a hit, striking out one and earnning his third win of the season.
  • VCU starting pitcher Dan Black threw two innings, allowing five runs. He was charged with second loss of the season.
  • Yount recorded his first career RBI with his single in the bottom of the seventh inning.
  • A season-high 4,104 fans were in attandance for the game.

QUOTABLE
"It was a disappointing game. It was a great night to play in front of a great crowd. It was  a tough night to play our worst game of the season. We walked nine batter, which is entirely too many against anybody let alone the No. 7 team in the country and I thought it translated into us pressing on offense. We have to get back to practice tomorrow and get back to the things we do well to prepare for a big conference weekend against Saint Louis."
- Head Coach Shawn Stiffler on the game

WHAT'S AHEAD
VCU hosts Atlantic 10-leading Saint Louis for a three-game series this weekend at The Diamond, part of the HDL Inc. Athletic Village. Game one is set for Saturday, May 4 at 10:30 a.m.

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