FINAL: VCU 5, Richmond 4 – (Richmond, Va. – The Diamond at the HDL Inc. Athletic Village)
VCU STARTERS: Bunn (LF), Acker (RF), Cujas (3B), Cullen (CF), Ayers (DH), Weymouth (2B), Marino (1B), Crimi (SS), Octavi (C), Farrar (P)
RICHMOND STARTERS: Zink (CF), Stanley (RF), Mayers (DH), Forrer (2B), Beckwith (3B), Poulos (LF), Williams (1B), Moheit (C), Small (SS), Blum (P)
THE BASICS: VCU rallied to score five unanswered runs and defeated Richmond, 5-4, on Friday morning at The Diamond. With the win, VCU won the three-game series. Senior Jordan Weymouth led the way for the Rams going 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Richmond (30-21, 13-10 Atlantic 10) scored the game's first run in the top of the fourth inning. Jacob Mayers and Adam Forrrer started the rally with back-to-back singles, moving into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Beckwith. The next batter, Nick Poulos hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Mayers, giving Richmond a 1-0 lead.
- The Spiders added three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Corey Moheit led off the inning with a single, advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mike Small. Matt Zink followed with a single to center field, putting runners on the corners with nobody out. The next batter, Tanner Stanley singled up the middle, plating Moheit. Mayers followed with a bases clearing double, moving Richmond's lead to 4-0.
- VCU (27-26, 11-12) got a run back in the bottom of the fifth inning on a solo homerun by Weymouth.
- The Rams rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Freshman James Bunn led off the inning with a walk, moving to third on a single by classmate Cody Acker, who got to second on an error. The next batter, junior Joey Cujas roped a double into the left-center-field gap scoring both Bunn and Acker. Cujas advanced to third base on a groundout by junior Bill Cullen. Junior Chris Ayers followed with a sacrifice fly to center field, tying the score 4-4.
- VCU completed the comeback in the bottom of the eighth inning. Cujas led off the frame with a single, but was forced out on a fielder's choice that allowed Cullen to reach. The next batter, Ayers singled, moving Cullen to third and put runners on the corners with an out. Weymouth followed with an RBI single into right field for his second RBI of the day.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Senior starting pitcher Ryan Farrar threw six innings allowing four runs on 10 hits, but didn't factor in the final decision.
- In relief, junior Logan Kanuik threw two innings, not allowing a hit, while punching out two to earn his fourth win of the season.
- Sophomore Matt Lees pitched a scoreless ninth inning, earning his 11th save of the season.
- Lees moved into a third place tie on the single-season save list with his 11th save. It was also his 13th save of his two-year career, which ranks him in a fifth place tie on career saves list.
- The Rams' bullpen (Kanuik and Lees) threw the final three innings and did not allow hit, while walking just two.
- Weymouth, who hit his third homerun of the season, hit the first out-of-the-park homerun at The Diamond by any player this season. Cullen hit an inside-the-park homerun against Wagner on March 11.
- Cujas finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
"It was a great effort by our guys today to win the series against Richmond. To beat your cross-town rival in a series is always great and to finish the home schedule by winning the series is also a great accomplishment. I thought it was one of our gutsiest performances of the year. We got down 4-0 early, but our guys continued to grind and stick to their approach at the plate. I am looking forward to getting out here tomorrow morning and trying to sweep the series to send our seniors off on a good note."
- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler on the win
VCU concludes the season tomorrow, Saturday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. The game will also serve as Senior Day as the Rams honor their six seniors, Rob Malan, Ryan Farrar, Cody Yount, Jordan Weymouth, Taylor Buran and Brent Mikionis.