May 4, 2013

Dwyer, VCU Blank Atlantic 10 Leader Saint Louis, 1-0

FINAL: VCU 1, Saint Louis 0 – (Richmond, Va. – The Diamond)

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

SAINT LOUIS: Bozarth (LF), Kelly (RF), Nelson (C), Vigliarolo (1B), Martinez (3B), Brennan (CF), Levine (2B), Henson (DH), Sole (SS), Alemann (P)

THE BASICS: Sophomore Heath Dwyer threw his third consecutive complete game as VCU blanked Saint Louis, 1-0, in the first game of a three-game set at The Diamond, part of the HDL Inc. Athletic Village.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU (22-22, 7-9 Atlantic 10) scored the game's lone run in the bottom of the third inning. Junior Landon Prentiss and senior Jordan Weymouth started the rally with back-to-back singles, moving into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by junior Trevor Marino. The next batter, junior Bill Cullen, hit  a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Prentiss, giving VCU the 1-0 lead.
  • Saint Louis (30-15, 12-4) had its best chance to tie the score in the top of the fourth inning. Mike Vigliarolo reached on an error, moving to second on a stolen base, then to third on a fly out. However, Dwyer got Mike Levine to pop out to second base, ending the threat. Vigliarolo was the only Billken to reach third base the entire game.
  • Dwyer went the distance for the third straight game, scattering just five hits and striking out 10 batters.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Weymouth extended his season-long hitting streak to 12 games with his single in the bottom of the third . He finished the game 2-for-3.
  • Cullen recorded his 16th RBI with the sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third.
  • Prentiss finished the game 1-for-3 with a run scored.
  • Saint Louis' starting pitcher Alex Alemann threw a complete game, allowing just one run on six hits, and striking out four. He was charged with his fourth loss of the season.

QUOTABLE
"It was a really good performance out of the entire team today. Although the numbers didn't show on the scoreboard, I thought we did a good job against a good pitcher. Some things didn't go our way today, but our guys continued to battle. Overall, it was a great start to the series and I am looking forward to coming out tomorrow and trying to win the series."
-Assistant Coach Jeff Palumbo on the win

 "Heath Dwyer had a fantastic individual effort that really lifted the club up. He really put us in a great situation to win the game."
- Coach Palumbo on the complete game

"I was able to locate all of my pitches in the zone. What's big with that, is being able to trust my defense to make the play. I give a lot of credit to my catcher Chris Ayers, he was working hard back there all game. You can pitch well when you are able to trust your defense and I can do that."
- Sophomore Heath Dwyer on the complete game

WHAT'S AHEAD
VCU and Saint Louis conclude their series tomorrow, Sunday May 5, with a doubleheader at The Diamond. Game one is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

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