VCU Splits Doubleheader with George Washington on Sunday
FINAL: George Washington 7, VCU 3 - (Washington, D.C. - Barcroft Park)
GEORGE WASHINGTON STARTERS: Albright (2B), Parkmond (C), Beightol (LF), McCarthy (RF), Kalman (3B), Brown, D. (1B), Murakami (SS), Robèrt (DH), Hickey (CF), Wiesberg (P)
THE BASICS: George Washington scored three-runs in the bottom of the first inning and added two insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, winning game one, 7-3, on Sunday afternoon over VCU.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- George Washington struck for three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Justin Albright led off the inning with a single to center, advancing to second a on a sacrifice bunt from Xavier Parkmond. The next batter, Owen Beightol singled into right field scoring, Albright. After a walk, Derrick Brown roped a double off of the left field wall, scoring both runs, giving the Colonials a 3-0 lead.
- VCU scored its first run of the game in the top of the third inning. Junior Trevor Marino started the inning with a leadoff walk, advancing to second on a stolen base. Junior Tom Crimi then laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving Marino to third. The next batter, freshman James Bunn grounded out to second, scoring Marino, cutting the lead to 3-1.
- The Rams added another run in the top of the fourth inning. Junior Joey Cujas singled, going to second on a wild pitch. The next batter, junior Chris Ayers laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving Cujas to third. Senior Taylor Buran followed with a sacrifice fly, scoring Cujas, making the score 3-2.
- George Washington added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Matthieu Robèrt singled starting the inning, advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Hickey. After Albright was hit by a pitch, Parkmond singled to center field, scoring Robèrt, but Albright was thrown out trying to advance to third. The next batter, Beightol, singled up the middle, giving George Washington a 5-2 advantage.
- The Black and Gold answered with a run in the top of the sixth. Senior Jordan Weymouth and Cujas started the inning with back-to-back singles, moving into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt from Ayers. The next batter, Buran, grounded out to short, scoring Weymouth, cutting the Colonials lead to 5-3.
- George Washington scored two more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Tyler McCarthy doubled and Eric Kalmin reached on a hit by pitch. The next batter Brooks Townsend laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving the runners into scoring position. After an intentional walk, the Rams got McCarthy coming home on a failed squeeze attempt for the second out of the inning. The next pitch, Robèrt roped into left field, scoring two runs and giving the Colonials a 7-3 advantage.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Weymouth, Cujas and redshirt junior Rob Malan all finished with two hits in game one.
- Buran finished game one with two RBIs.
- Senior starting pitcher Ryan Farrar allowed five runs on nine hits. He was charged with his fifth loss of the season.
- George Washington starter Aaron Weisberg threw six innings allowing three runs on five hits, picking up his fifth win of the season. Criag Lejune was credited with seventh save.
FINAL: VCU 9, George Washington 2
VCU STARTERS: Bunn (LF), Acker (RF), Cujas (3B), Cullen (CF), Weymouth (2B), Marino (1B), Haymaker (DH), Crimi (SS), Octavi (C), Greene (P)
GEORGE WASHINGTON STARTERS: Albright (2B), Lodden (RF), Beightol (LF), McCarthy (P), Kalman (3B), Townsend (1B), Murakami (SS), Parkmond (C), Hickey (CF)
THE BASICS: VCU scored five first inning runs and never looked back, cruising to a 9-2 victory in the finale of a three-game series at George Washington.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU (25-25, 9-12 Atlantic 10) exploded for five runs in the top of the first inning. Bunn led off the inning with a single, eventually scoring on a wild pitch. The next three batters, freshman Cody Acker, Cujas and junior Bill Cullen each walked. The next batter, Weymouth singled in the infield, scoring Acker. Marino followed with a bases clearing double, giving VCU the early 5-0 advantage.
- George Washington (22-30, 12-9) answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out Nolan Lodden doubled to right field, moving to third on an infield single by Beightol. The next batter, McCarthy hit a fly ball to center field, scoring Lodden, cutting the VCU lead to 5-1.
- The Colonials added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, Ryan Hickey walked moving to third on a single from Albright. The next batter, Lodden, singled scoring Hickey cutting VCU's lead to 5-2.
- VCU added another run in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Cujas singled into left field, moving to second on a wild pitch. Cullen followed with a double of the right field wall, scoring Cujas, giving the Black and Gold a 6-2 advantage.
- The Rams added three more runs in the top of the eighth inning. Freshman Walker Haymaker, who was lifted for a pinch runner junior Landon Prentiss, led off the inning with a single, moving into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Crimi. After an out and walk to Bunn, Acker roped a single into right field, scoring Prentiss. Cujas followed with a bases clearing double, giving the Rams a 9-2 lead.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Cujas finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
- Cullen, two doubles, Bunn and Weymouth all finished with two hits for VCU.
- Redshirt junior starting pitcher Seth Greene threw seven innings scattering two runs on four hits, while striking out three. He earned his fourth win of the season.
- George Washington starting pitcher Tyler McCarthy, who didn't get an out in the first inning surrendered three runs on one hit, and was charged with his first loss of the season.
VCU concludes the road portion of its schedule on Tuesday, May 14 at nationally-ranked Virginia. First pitch between the Rams and Cavaliers is set for 6 p.m.