March 11, 2014

RAMS DROP A TOUGH ONE TO CHARLOTTE 5-4

FINAL: Charlotte 5 (3-10-1), VCU 4 (12-3)  (Charlotte, N.C.) – Hayes Stadium

VCU STARTERS: Acker (RF), Davis (2B), Cujas (3B), Machin (SS), Ayers (C), Cullen (CF), Prentiss (LF), Farrar (DH), Marino (1B), Concepcion (RHP)

CHARLOTTE STARTERS: Palmer (RF), Nitching (2B), D. Roberts (CF), Lang (C), Hill (SS), Sherer (DH), Elwood (LF), Jarrett (1B), Gallello (3B), Vogler (RHP) 

THE BASICS: After a big six run sixth inning the Rams were unable to hold on; as Charlotte took the midweek game with VCU 5-4. Junior Daniel Concepcion tossed his third consecutive quality start in the loss, going six innings allowing just one run.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Charlotte opened up the scoring in the fifth inning, with runners on first and second first baseman Zach Jarrett roped an RBI single through the left side.
  • The Rams opened the top half of the sixth with the first three hitters reaching base. After Charlotte recorded two outs; senior Chris Ayers came to the plate with runners on the corners, the catcher singled to third base bringing home Matt Davis and evening the score, 1-1.
  • VCU continue to threaten the scoreboard during the frame as Bill Cullen followed Ayers' RBI with two more of his own as he doubled into left center field.
  • A Landon Prentiss RBI single closed out the inning that saw four Rams cross homeplate to take a 4-1 lead.
  • The 49ers collected a run apiece in the sixth and seventh innings to claw within one run of the lead. Logan Sherer and Des Roberts picked up the RBIs for Charlotte in the sixth and seventh respectively.
  •  Jarrett reached on an error to begin the frame for Charlotte and then advanced to second on a fielder's choice. With one out the 49ers used a two-run homerun from Corbin Shive to take the game 5-4.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • In his third midweek start Daniel Concepcion went 6.0 innings, allowing two runs and striking out two 49ers.
  • The Rams' four run rally in the sixth marked the 11th game this season where the Rams used a rally to take a lead.
  • VCU recorded 10 or more hits for the sixth time this season. The 12 hits marked the third time in five games the Rams have reached double digits in the category.
  • Making his first start of the year in left field Landon Prentiss recorded his first hit of the season, going 2-for-3 on the day with an RBI.
  • Cody Acker's 2-for-4 day marked the fourth multiple hit game for the sophomore this year. Acker has posted two hits in each of the Rams last three contests.
  • Bill Cullen's double in the sixth moved the center fielder into a tied for third on the all-time doubles list at VCU with 53. The senior is tied with former Rams shortstop Sergio Miranda ('07).

QUOTABLE

Obviously it's always disappointing to get walked-off on. Charlotte is a tough place to play on the road and they battled throughout and grinded it out.

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler 

We had opportunities throughout the game to extend our lead, but we had some mental mistakes throughout the course of the game. I thought we swung the bats well through the second half of the game but we were just unable to cash in.

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Daniel Concepcion did a good job on the mound today and gave us an opportunity to win the baseball game today. We just need to work on closing out teams, guys are playing good and hard, we just need to continue working on getting better and that'll come.

- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • The Rams return to action tomorrow when they travel to Blacksburg, Va. to take on Virginia Tech, first pitch is slated for 5:30 p.m.
 
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