RAMS DOWN RIVAL ODU 6-3 AT THE BATTLE IN MIDTOWN

FINAL: VCU 6 (2-0), Old Dominion 3 (0-2) (Atlanta, Ga.) – Russ Chandler Field

VCU STARTERS: Acker (RF), Bunn (LF), Cujas (3B), Machin (SS), Ayers (C), Cullen (CF), Farrar (DH), Dressler (1B), Davis (2B), Greene (P)

OLD DOMINION STARTERS: Higgens (2B), Myers (CF), Ostrich (RF), Perez (C), Eldridge (LF), Negrini (3B), Slaton (DH), Burney (1B), Urps (SS), Alexander (P)

THE BASICS: After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning the Rams battled back to pick up a 6-3 win over Old Dominion. Six different Rams collected hits on the day including a 4-for-4 day from freshman Matt Davis. Senior Logan Kanuik (1-0) picked up the win for the Black and Gold pitching one inning in relief.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Old Dominon (0-2) got on the scoreboard in the top of the first. The Monarchs used a pair of hits from Connor Myers and Taylor Ostrich followed by a Josh Eldridge walk to load the bases. The next batter, Jordan Negiri, opened the scoring with a two RBI single giving ODU a 2-0 lead.
  • The Rams (2-0) led off the fourth with back-to-back James Bunn and Joey Cujas singles. VCU was unable to score though, as the inning ended on a double play.
  • After allowing two runs in the first VCU's Seth Greene settled into a rhythm in the next six frames. In the six innings Greene held the Monarchs to two hits, striking out two batters.
  • VCU got things going in the sixth, leading off the frame with Matt Davis double followed by a Cody Acker infield single. The back-to-back hits chased the Monarchs starter Tommy Alexander after five innings of work. Bunn grounded into a fielder's choice nabbing Davis at the plate for out number one. Cujas grounded to third base, in an effort to stop Acker from scoring the Monarchs threw home but the Old Dominion catcher dropped the ball allowing the run to score. The run brought the Rams within one, 2-1, heading to the seventh inning.
  • Senior Bill Cullen got aboard to lead off the seventh after an Old Dominion error. Cullen stole second to get into scoring position and Davis drove him home to knot the score at 2-2. The Rams weren't done there as a Bunn RBI single scored Davis. An ODU throwing error allowed Acker to score, pushing the Rams in front, for the first time all day, 4-2.
  • ODU pulled back within one run in the top of the eighth with an RBI single by Eldridge plated Myers.
  • The Black and Gold padded its lead in the eighth scoring two insurance runs pushing the lead out to three. Machjn began the frame with a walk and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. A Bill Cullen RBI double brought Machin home. Cullen went on to score after defensive replacement Trevor Marino roped an RBI single to center field. VCU left the eighth frame with a 6-3 lead.
  • That score would hold true as Matt Lees retired the side in the ninth to pick up his first save preserving the 6-3 win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Starting pitcher Seth Greene went six innings, allowed five hits and struck out three in his first start of the year.
  • Freshman Matt Davis shined again on day two of the season, going 4-for-4 at the plate with one RBI and two doubles.
  • After an eleven save season a year ago junior Matt Lees picked up his first save of the 2014 season, pitching two innings of relief for VCU.
  • Four Rams have recorded hits in the two games to open the season (Bunn, Cujas, Davis and Marino).
  • Senior Bill Cullen got his first hit of the young season off of an RBI double into center field in the eighth to extend the VCU lead to 5-3.

QUOTABLE
It's great win especially in that fashion to come back from behind to get down like that and continue to fight and string at bats together and really get some key hits in the middle part of the game.
- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Seth Greene did a fantastic job after allowing two runs early and settled back in to give us a chance to win. We got a really good performance from freshman Matt Davis today, 4-for-4, with a run scored and an RBI so it was really nice to get contributions from a young guy like that.
- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler 

This time in the season every win is good but to give you an opportunity to win when you get down early and come from behind shows a lot about your club.

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

 
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