FINAL: VCU 9, Radford 5 (Atlanta, Ga.) – Russ Chandler Field
VCU STARTERS: Acker (RF), Bunn (LF), Cujas (3B), Machin (SS), Ayers (C), Cullen (CF), Davis (2B), Farrar (DH), Marino (1B), Dwyer (P)
RADFORD STARTERS: Gardiner (2B), Reavis (C), Scoville (RF), Woolcock (DH), Marshall (LF), Lee (1B), Higgerson 3B, Coia (SS), Sipe (CF), Boyle (P)
THE BASICS: The Rams totaled 13 hits scoring nine runs in an assertive 9-4 win to open up the 2014 baseball season. On the day, four Black and Gold hitters recorded multi-hit games in the victory. Freshman Daniel Concepcion picked up a win in his debut, reliving Heath Dwyer in the fifth inning.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After the Highlanders retired the first two hitters to open the game, senior Joey Cujas got aboard on a Radford error to start a two-out rally in the opening frame. Cujas advanced to second on a stolen base and was later driven home on a Vimael Machin base hit to left field.
- Machin was at it again in the third with a ground out RBI to score sophomore James Bunn.
- Radford pulled ahead in the third with three unearned runs capped by a two out RBI from Zach Woolcock. The Highlanders went on to load the bases before a Higgerson fly out ended the inning.
- It didn't take long for the Black and Gold to battle back, posting a five-run fourth inning. Freshman Matt Davis led of the inning with a walk, followed by a single to right from classmate Logan Farrar. Senior Trevor Marino's single to right-center field brought home Davis and a Bunn sacrifice bunt brought home Farrar and pushed the Rams ahead 4-3. A Radford error later allowed Cujas and Marino to score. VCU capped the rally with an RBI double from Chris Ayers to score Machin, giving the Rams a 7-3 edge.
- The Highlanders got one back in the bottom half of the inning off of a passed ball, pulling the score to 7-4. Cujas got on board with a single to left with one out in the sixth; the senior stole second and then was driven home by a Machin RBI double. Freshman Matt Davis scored in the eighth after the Rams grounded into a double play.
- Those runs would prove to be the final runners to cross home plate as the Rams took the contest 9-4 to open play in the Battle in Midtown.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Although Radford scored four runs all were unearned. VCU's pitchers (Heath Dwyer, Daniel Concepcion and Thomas Gill) combined for nine innings pitched allowing just seven hits, striking out six.
- Four Rams recorded a multiple hit day including freshman Logan Farrar, who went 3-for-5 at the plate with a run scored in his college debut.
- Seniors Chris Ayers (3) and Trevor Marino (2) along with junior Vimael Machin (3) also accounted for two or more hits against Radford.
- It was an active night on the base paths for Joey Cujas, the senior scored three runs and swiped two bases for VCU.
- Two freshmen were given the starting nod against the Big South opponent in Matt Davis (2B) and Logan Farrar (DH). The duo combined for four hits, a walk and three runs scored in the seventh and eighth spot in the lineup respectively.
It's great to get the first one of the year and start off the year 1-0. First off we had a great pitching performance together from Heath Dwyer, Daniel Concepcion and Thomas Gill. Guys came in and threw a ton of strikes, gave up no earned runs on the night and only allowed two walks so that's a great job by them.
- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler
I thought the thing we did best was compete at the plate. Up and down the lineup we were really competivte in our at bats, really dialed in and made their starter have to through a lot of pitches early on. The middle of are lineup was very productive, with Chris Ayers and Joey Cujas two seniors really got us going tonight.
- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler