RAMS SCORE 21 RUNS IN 21-14 WIN OVER VIRGINIA TECH
FINAL: VCU 21 (13-3), Virginia Tech 14 (6-8-1) (Blacksburg, Va.) – English Field
VCU STARTERS: Acker (RF), Marino (1B), Cujas (3B), Machin (SS), Cullen (CF), Prentiss (LF), Farrar (DH), Davis (2B), Octavi (C), Blanchard (RHP)
VIRGINIA TECH STARTERS: Jenco (DH), Perez (2B), Zagunis (CF), Hayden (1B), Keselica (LF), Dauby (SS), Stoffel (RF), Mogg (C), Ceballos (3B), Collazo (LHP)
THE BASICS: The Hokies jumped out to a 9-2 advantage after a five run fourth inning. VCU didn't quit, as the Rams rallied for 11 unanswered runs in the following three innings to take a 13-9 lead. The Black and Gold continued the hit parade and completed the comeback in a wild 21-14 win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Rams lit the scoreboard in the first inning, with the bases loaded Bill Cullen groundout to bring home Trevor Marino and give VCU a 1-0 lead. Landon Prentiss followed Cullen's RBI with a single to bring home Joey Cujas and push the Rams advantage to 2-0.
- Virginia Tech answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the first on a Brendan Hayden RBI groundout.
- In the bottom of the fourth the first three Hokies walked to load the bases. The next batter, Matt Dauby, used an RBI single to even the score. Virginia tech went on to score two more runs in the frames, on back-to-back RBI's from Tom Stoffel and Andrew Mogg.
- The Hokies used a five run fourth inning to take a 9-2 lead. In the frame the Hokies got RBIs from three different hitters including two-RBI singles of the bats of Brendan Hayden and Sean Keselica.
- A Joey Cujas double, followed by an RBI single from Vimael Machin pulled the Rams within six, 9-3, after the top of the fifth.
- VCU's rally came in the sixth inning, when the Rams plated six runs to even the contest at 9-9.
- After a Nick Octavi walk loaded the bases Cody Acker singled to bring home the first two runs of the frame. The Rams went on to load the bases two more times in the inning, plating a run on a Vimael Machin hit by pitch and a three-RBI double from Bill Cullen.
- The Rams continued to show their offensive prowess in the following inning. Trevor Marino's fielder's choice RBI completed the comeback and gave VCU its first lead since the first inning, 11-9. VCU exited the frame on top of the hosts 13-9 after RBIs from Joey Cujas and Vimael Machin.
- Virginia Tech's Matt Dauby hit a two-RBI double to close the Hokies within one, 13-12, in the bottom of the seventh.
- VCU halted the host's comeback in dramatic fashion in the following frame. In the top of the eighth the Rams plated eight runs with RBIs from four different batters (Acker, Machin, Cullen and Prentiss). The Black and Gold also scored two runs on Hokie wild pitches.
- The Hokies tallied two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning but Thomas Gill closed out the frame to earn his second save of the season.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- The 21 runs were the most the Rams have scored in over five years, and the 19 hits marked the most VCU has totaled under Shawn Stiffler.
- Shortstop Vimael Machin collected RBIs in four straight innings (fifth through the eighth) to finish with four total RBIs.
- Cody Acker's 3-for-6 day marked the fourth straight contest the sophomore has posted a multiple hit game.
- Eight Rams' hitters picked up a base hit on the day with six posting a multiple hit day.
- VCU collected 18 RBIs on the day from seven different Rams, Bill Cullen led the way with five for the club.
- Joey Cujas' three doubles on the day moved the junior to seventh overall on the all-time doubles list at VCU with 49.
- Each player in the starting lineup scored for the Rams with Joey Cujas and Trevor Marino picking up four apiece on the day, to lead the club.
- The 21 runs against the Hokies are the most scored by either team in the series since 1982.
- Freshman Matt Jamer made his first career appearance for the Rams in relief. The Lefthander struck out Tom Stoffel for his first career out in the third.
That was certainly one of the wildest games I've seen in a long time. It was some of the toughest conditions that I've seen a game played in. All the credit goes to the guys, they never stopped playing, they never stopped believing in each other no matter how tough it got. We just moved on and tried to win the next pitch and it paid off for us offensively.
- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler
Matt Lees and Thomas Gill did an unbelievable job on the back end to calm things down in the game.
- VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler
Coming out of maybe the toughest road trip of the year 3-2 really says a lot about the team. With that said, we have a challenging weekend ahead of us with the PK5 Classic and we have to get back to play a little more fundamental on Friday. - VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler
- The Rams return to action Friday when they play host for the PK5 Classic. The first team they welcome to The Diamond will be Lafayette; first pitch for that contest is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday.