February 22, 2014

VCU BEATS FURMAN 8-7 TO CLAIM SERIES

FINAL: VCU 8 (5-1), Furman 7 (3-3)  (Greenville, S.C.) – Latham Field

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

FURMAN STARTERS: Heath Burton (RF), Hunter Burton (SS), Harrison (1B), Ohmstede (3B), Jones (DH), Simpson (2B), Davis (LF), Whitehead (C), Overton (CF), Abrams (P)

THE BASICS: VCU scored five runs in the first and the Paladins pushed six across in the fourth to take the lead. The Rams once again rallied late posting three runs late to win game two of the series 8-7.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU (5-1) put up five runs in the first inning. The first three Rams hitters connected on base hits, with the bases loaded Vimael Machin drove in the first run of the inning by getting hit by a pitch.
  • With the bases still loaded Bill Cullen singled to the left to bring home Bunn and Cujas and increase the Rams' lead to three. The Black and Gold scored two more runs in the inning off of a freshman Logan Farrar hit by pitch and freshman Shane Dressler walk.
  • Furman (3-3) took the lead in the fourth inning plating six runs. Hunter Burton's RBI single brought home Cameron Whitehead and gave the hosts their first lead of the night
  • Cullen singled in the fifth to get aboard; the centerfielder stole second to move into scoring position. Farrar smoked a single up the middle to drive in Cullen and tie the score at 6-6.
  • At the plate in the seventh with the bases loaded Chris Ayers sent a chopper to the Furman second baseman who mishandled the ball allowing Machin to cross home plate. The Run gave VCU one run lead, 7-6, and completed the comeback.
  • Cujas scored from third in the eighth off of a Paladins wild pitch to give the Rams an insurance run and extend the lead to two, 8-6.
  • Furman closed the VCU lead to one after a Hunter Burton homerun over the left field fence. The next Paladins batter, Greg Harrison reached base on a single but the Rams closed the door with a 4-6-3 double play.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Senior pitcher Seth Greene went 5.0 complete innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out one.
  • With a single in the first inning Joey Cujas extended his hitting streak to 11 games dating back to last season.
  • The five run first inning marked the third time in the series the Rams batted around.
  • For the second straight night the Rams recorded 10 or more hits. Tonight VCU racked up 13 hits from seven different batters.
  • Cullen put together a complete performance going 3-for-5 from the plate with two RBIs. The speedy centerfielder also scored three runs.
  • Sophmore James bun went 4-for-5 on the day, with one run scoreed, improving his batting average to .346 on the young season.
  • Out of the bullpen Logan Kaniuk went 3.0 innings in relief giving up a single hit while striking out five Paladins batters. Kaniuk also picked up his second win (2-0) in relief.
  • With his second save of the season junior Matt Lees moves into a tie for the fourth spot on the career saves list at VCU with 15. Lees sits in a tie with former big leaguer Cla Meredith.
  • In the come from behind win the Rams have rallied from a deficit in every game this season.

QUOTABLE

I thought we played one of our better games of the year so far, except for the fourth inning. Furman in their yard is dangerous; they play hard and keep coming at you. Logan Kanuik was fantastic in the middle part of the game, with five strikeouts and no walks in the middle of the game and really did a great job for us.
- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

We continue to answer back; I think all weekend every time they've scored in an inning we've answered in the following inning it seems like.

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

We did just an ok job of finishing off innings both offensively and defensively but at the same time we're competing extremely hard. We're not giving up at bats so we'll continue to refine the execution of things and I think we're going to be pretty happy with the results.

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

 
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