VCU Hangs on Late to Beat Maryland, 9-7, on Tuesday Night
FINAL: VCU 9, Maryland 7 - (College Park, Md. – Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium)
VCU STARTERS: Cullen (CF), Bunn (LF), Cujas (3B), Ayers (C), Buran (RF), Weymouth (2B) Prentiss (DH), Marino (1B), Crimi (SS), Black (P)
MARYLAND STARTERS: White (CF), Hagel (RF), Wade (1B), Convissar (2B), Martir (DH), Papio (LF), Cleary (C), Schmit (SS), Cuas (3B), Drossner (P)
THE BASICS: VCU jumped to an early lead and held on late to beat Maryland, 9-7, on Wednesday night in College Park, Md. Junior Joey Cujas paced the Rams with two hits and three RBIs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU (24-23) scored two runs in the top of the first inning. Junior Bull Cullen doubled on the first pitch of the game, advancing to third on a bunt single by freshman James Bunn. The next batter, Cujas grounded out to third, allowing Cullen to score from third. Bunn eventually came around to score on a wild pitch, giving VCU a 2-0 lead.
- The Rams added two more runs in the top of the second inning. Junior Landon Prentiss doubled to left field, scoring when classmate Trevor Marino followed with a double. Marino came around to score on a wild pitch, putting VCU up 4-0.
- Maryland cut VCU's lead in half in the bottom of the second inning. Kyle Convissar and Kevin Martir started the rally with back-to-back singles, moving into scoring position. After a walk to Anthony Papio loaded the bases, Jack Cleary grounded out to third, scoring Convissar. The next batter, Blake Schmit flew out to center field, scoring Martir, making the score 4-2 in favor of VCU.
- Jordan Hagel led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a homerun for Maryland. The Terrapins rallied for another run with two outs. Martir drew a two-out walk and Papio followed with a triple tying the score 4-4.
- The Black and Gold exploded for four runs and batted around in the top of the sixth inning. VCU loaded the bases with singles from senior Taylor Buran and Prentiss and senior Jordan Weymouth walked starting the rally. The next batter, Marino, singled into left field, scoring Buran. Weymouth came around to score on wild pitch. With two-outs, Cujas singled, scoring both Weymouth and Marino, giving VCU an 8-4 advantage.
- Maryland got three runs back in the bottom of the sixth inning. Schmit started the inning by getting hitting by a pitch, moving to second on a single from Jose Cuas. After an out, Hagel walked, loading the bases for Maryland. LaMonte Wade followed with a double, clearing the bases and cutting VCU's lead to 8-7.
- VCU added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning. Cujas walked to start the inning, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt from junior Chris Ayers. The next batter, Buran, lined a single into left field, scoring Cujas, giving VCU a 9-7 advantage.
- Maryland had a runners in scoring position in the seventh, eighth and ninth, but the Rams bullpen (Logan Kanuik, Seth Green, and Matt Lees) held the Terps without a run.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Freshman Michael Carpenter threw 0.2 innings allowing three hits and three runs, while earning his second win of the season. It was the second consecutive game that Carpenter earned the win.
- Lees threw the final 1.1 innings, earning the four-out save. The save was histhe ninth of the season, moving, Lees, into a tie for sixth place in single-season history. He is three saves off the single-season school record of 12 saves.
- Buran finished the game 3-for-5 with an RBI for the Rams.
- Cujas, Bunn, Prentiss, and Marino each finished with two hits for the Rams.
- The first pitch of the game was delayed for 45 minutes due to rain.
- The time of the game was three-hours and 41-minutes, the longest nine-inning game VCU has played all season.
"It was great to come up here and get a tough, road win during finals week. I thought we swung the bats up and down the lineup as aggressively as we had all year. We attacked and had a good approach and got some early hits. We had an opportunity to put the game away in the middle innings, but we didn't and we have to do a better job of that. I am excited about the way we have been playing over the last four or five games, especially it being the back end of our conference schedule."
- Head Coach Shawn Stiffler
VCU continues its five-game road trip with an Atlantic 10 weekend series at George Washington. Game one of the series is Friday, May 10 at 3 p.m.