RAMS BEAT TEMPLE 14-5 TO SWEEP WEEKEND SERIES

FINAL: VCU 14 (10-1), Temple 5 (1-5)  (Richmond, Va.) – The Diamond

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

TEMPLE STARTERS: Kerrigan (CF), Dragos (DH), Peterson (3B),  Amaro (1B),  Nist (C), D'Agostino (LF), Hall (RF), Mason (SS), Arnott (2B), Hill (P)

THE BASICS GAME 3: VCU took the final game of the series 14-5 after scoring two or more runs in each of the last four innings.  Howie earned the win, while six different Rams picked up RBIs in the winning effort. The sweep moves Rams' record to 9-0 in weekend contests.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Rams struck first in the second inning when Bill Cullen roped an RBI triple into centerfield to bring home Chris Ayers. A Shane Dressler groundout scored Cullen and gave the Rams the 2-0 lead.
  • Following a Temple run in the top of the fifth, Joey Cujas drove in a pair of runs with a single to center field.  Two batters later, Matt Davis scored after a passed ball, giving VCU a 4-1 advantage.
  • Temple pulled within one after a two run top of the sixth, but the Rams responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.  Following a wild pitch that allowed Ayers to score, Davis singled over the shortstop's head to bring home a pair of teammates, giving the Black and Gold a 7-3 lead.
  • VCU continued to score in the seventh inning, as Ayers ripped a single through the right side and Farrar knocked a triple down the right field line to score two.  A fourth run was scored in the inning following a wild pitch.
  • Cullen continued the offensive outburst for VCU in the eighth, scoring a pair of Rams with a single to left field.  The Rams scored their third run of the inning, and fourth of the game, after another Temple wild pitch.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Starter JoJo Howie went five innings, allowing just one earned run and striking out eight Owls to pickup his first career win.
  • Bill Cullen's triple in the second inning moved the senior into second all-time on the career triple list at VCU. Cullen's 17 career steals is currently tied with former Ram Jay Ashcraft ('97) and one behind the record of 18 set by Erik Sauve in 1994.
  • Cullen's three RBIs were a game-high, while Cujas, Farrar and Davis each brought home two apeice.  Cullen and Cujas each had three hits on the day.
  • The 14 runs scored by the Rams ties the season high that was set at Furman on Feb. 21.

QUOTABLE

We have a lot of respect for Temple and their program for what they're going through right now. They played hard all weekend, they're stuck in a tough situation right now with the program being canceled and they really fought hard all series. Their staff has done an unbelievable job keeping their guys motivated all year.

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler 

Through the weekend we made just two errors in 27 innings and anytime you do that you have a chance to win.

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler 

JoJo Howie was great for us on the mound today to get his first win. Our seniors; Joey Cujas, Chris Ayers and Bill Cullen, had really good at bats and drove in runs for us.

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler


 
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