RAMS SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER VS. TEMPLE SATURDAY

FINAL GAME 1: VCU 5 (8-1), Temple 2 (1-3)  (Richmond, Va.) – The Diamond

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

TEMPLE STARTERS GAME 1: Sugai (2B), Dragos (DH), Peterson (3B), Amaro (1B), D'Acunti (C), Mason (SS), Kerrigan (CF), Heitzman (LF), D'Agostino (RF), Hockenberry (P)

THE BASICS GAME 1: VCU took the first game 5-2 with the help of a three-run seventh inning. Four five different Rams picked up RBIs in the winning effort.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Temple took the early 2-0 lead, tacking a run apiece on the scoreboard in the fourth and fifth innings.
  • The Rams loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth with Chris Ayers coming to the plate. Ayers walked in Tom Crimi to put the Rams on the board.
  • Bill Cullen followed up Ayers walk with a walk of his own to knot the game 2-2. Temple was able to get out of the jam though, with the score tied at 2-2.
  • In the following inning the Rams scored three more runs. With runners on the corners and Cody Acker at the plate, the sophomore grounded out to shortstop but not before Trevor Marino crossed home plate to give VCU its first lead of the game 3-2. The Rams got RBI singles from James Bunn and Vimael Machin to extend the lead out to 5-2.
  • Matt Lees who came on in the seventh closed the door with three scoreless innings to pickup his first win of the year.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Starter Seth Greene went six innings, allowing just one earned run and striking out three Owls.
  • Each of the Rams top five hitters recorded a base hit. The first five in the lineup went 7-for-19 on the day for a .368 average.
  • Both James Bunn and Joey Cujas posted two hits in the two and three holes in the lineup.
  • Five different Rams recorded RBIs on the day (Acker, Bunn, Machin, Ayers and Farrar).

FINAL GAME 2: VCU  (9-1), Temple  (1-4)  (Richmond, Va.) – The Diamond

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

TEMPLE STARTERS GAME 2: Sugai (2B), Dragos (DH), Peterson (3B), Amaro (1B), D'Acunti (C), Mason (SS), D'Agostino (RF), Nist (C), Heitzman (LF), Kerrigan (CF), Matthews (P)

THE BASICS GAME 2: The Rams scored four runs in the first frame and tacked on six more in the fifth to coast to a 10-0 win over Temple. In his first start of the year Matt Blanchard was strong on the bump, going seven innings while striking out six to earn the win.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Rams picked up where they left off in the second game, scoring four runs in a big first inning.
  • Coday Acker led off the frame with a double into centerfield. The next two batters reached safely to load the bases for VCU. Vimael Machin's sacrifice fly gave the Rams a 1-0 lead. Bill Cullen followed with a two-RBI triple to clear the bases and extend the lead to 3-0. A Logan Farrar RBI single capped off the scoring to give VCU a 4-0 lead.
  • Neither team scored again until the fifth inning of the contest.
  • VCU plated six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. With runners at the corners Bill Cullen's RBI sacrifice fly into centerfield kicked off the scoring. A Temple fielding error plated another VCU run and loaded the bases and pushed a run across to increase the lead out to 6-0.
  • A Cody Acker walked in another run with the bases loaded. The next hitter, James Bunn, roped a two-RBI single into leftfield and extended the lead out to 9-0.
  • Another Temple error allowed VCU to increase the lead to 10-0 and close out the six-run fifth inning.
  • Jordan Storey and Michael Carpenter closed out the final two frames for the Rams allowing just two hits and holding the Owls scoreless.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • In his first start as a Ram Matt Blanchard went 7.0 innings of two hit baseball and struck out six batters to pickup his second win of the year.
  • Bill Cullen went 1-for-3 with three RBIs in the nightcap of the double header. The performance marked the third time this season Cullen has posted a multiple RBI performance.
  • After recording two hits in game one, James Bunn went 2-for-3 in game two picking up two RBIs in the win, for his first multiple RBI output of the season.
  • In their first appearances of the season Jordan Storey and Michael Carpenter closed out the final two innings, allowing no runs.
  • Four Rams picked up their first at bats of the season on Saturday night (Landon Prentiss, Alex Gransback, Walker Haymaker and Darian Carpenter) off the bench in pinch-hitting situations.

QUOTABLE

Anytime you get two wins in one day it's special. Starting off in the first game it took a while to get things going both offensively and defensively. We weren't quite as prepared as we'd like to be to start the game but our guys got it going in the middle part of that game and that carried into the second game.
- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

The pitching was fantastic today, in the first game Seth Greene gave us a great start, and Matt Lees came on and capped it off. In the second game it was great to get Matt Blanchard back on the mound here at home, he's going to be a guy that's going to be a great contributor all year.

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

When you play 18 innings with one error you have a chance to be pretty successful.

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler 

It was good to get some contributions from some guys who haven't played a whole lot. Jordan Storey and Michael Carpenter both came in out of the bullpen and really threw the ball well. We also had some guys come off the bench and have some quality at bats and play well defensively.

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

 
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