RAMS CAP OF SWEEP OF FURMAN WITH 3-2 WIN IN 10

FINAL: VCU 3 (6-1), Furman 2 (3-4)  (Greenville, S.C.) – Latham Field

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

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

THE BASICS: Starter JoJo Howie went seven strong innings allowing one earned run and five hits, while striking out five. After falling behind again, 1-0, the Rams rallied to take a 2-1 lead in the eighth before the Paladins tied it in the ninth. A Vimael Machin RBI sac fly pushed across the winning run in the 10th to give VCU a 3-game sweep of Furman.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The first five innings both teams were held in check with no runs scored between the two clubs. During that time frame VCU starter junior JoJo Howie struck out five Paladins hitters and gave up three hits.
  • VCU was active on the base paths during the sixth inning, when Marino leadoff the frame with a walk advancing to second on a bunt from Tom Crimi. The next batter Acker pushed the first baseman over to third on a groundout. Furman was able to get out of the frame with a groundout to third. 
  • A Chris Ohmstede solo shot over the left field fence broke the scoreless tie in the sixth to give Furman its first lead of the game, 1-0.
  • The following inning the Rams evened contest at 1-1. Junior Vimael Machin reached base on a walk and an Ayers single moved the VCU shortstop to third. An RBI sac fly off the bat of senior Bill Cullen plated Machin.
  • In the next Black and Gold offensive inning Senior Trevor Marino got things started with a leadoff single to left field. Making his first start of the season senior Tom Crimi advanced Marino on a sac bunt. The first basemen moved to third on a wild pitch. Sophomore James Bunn drove in Marino on a bunt single to give the Rams their first lead of the day, 2-1.
  • Furman evened the game in the bottom of the ninth down to their final out as Sky Overton drove in Jordan Simpson. The Paladins went on to load the bases in the frame but junior Thomas Gill got Greg Harrison to ground out and send the game to extras.
  • In the 10th sophomore Cody Acker started the Rams charge singling into right field. Bunn followed up with a single of his own through the left side of the infield. A Joey Cujas hit by pitch loaded the bases and brought up Machin, the junior capitalized pushing a sac fly to right field and scoring Acker.
  • Gill shut down the Paladins 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning to give the Rams the win 3-2 and the series sweep.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Making his second start of the year JoJo Howie put in the best performance from a Rams pitcher on the season. Howie went seven strong allowing five hits and striking out five Paladins.
  • For the second straight game senior Logan Kanuik posted a shutout appearances out of the bullpen. The junior went 4.0 innings over the weekend and struck out six Furman batters.
  • After going 4-for-5 last night, James Bunn posted another multiple hit game going 2-for-5 and driving in one run.
  • The 10-inning affair marked the first time the Rams have gone to extra innings in the early season.
  • With the sweep the Rams have swept the last two clubs they've played in traditional series (Richmond, May 16-18, 2013).

QUOTABLE

I thought their starting pitcher Matt Solter did a really good job of keeping us of balance during that first half of the game. Came in and had command of all three of his pitches and gave us a tough time through.
- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

JoJo Howie matched (Solter) and did a great job for us in the same light. He was able to keep a pretty potent offense at their home field off balance as well and go late into the game.

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Really today for us was about taking advantage of opportunities and manufacturing runs. We had a big at bats from Cody Acker and James Bunn in the 10th inning and we were able to get a run scored.

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler


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