March 14, 2014

VCU TOPS LAFAYETTE 3-2 IN PK5 CLASSIC OPENER

FINAL: VCU 3 (14-3), Lafayette 2 (5-5)  (Richmond, Va.) – The Diamond

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

LAFAYETTE STARTERS: Landolfi (SS), Hudson (3B), Santomauro (CF), Hillis (C), Lazor (1B), Kramer (DH), Nickles (RF), Murray (2B), Thompson (LF), Ortolf (LHP)

THE BASICS: Seth Greene posted his best performance of the year on the mound Friday night, going 8.2 innings. The senior struck out seven Leopards to pickup his first win of the season. Cody Acker finished with his fifth consecutive multiple hit game, going 3-for-5 on the day.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The two teams traded scoreless frames for the first three innings of the contest, with neither team threatening on the base paths.
  • VCU kick started the scoring in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Vimael Machin reached on a hit by pitch to start the frame and Bill Cullen followed with a single to right putting runners on first and second.
  • A Landon Prentiss sacrifice bunt advanced both the runners into scoring position at second and third. With the table set, Logan Farrar grounded out to the pitcher allowing Machin to cross home plate and score the game's first run.
  • The Rams weren't finished in the inning, as Matt Davis came to the plate and singled to right field bringing home Cullen and pushing the lead out to 2-0.
  • With two outs in the sixth and Farrar on first base, Nick Octavi walked to put to two runners aboard. Acker followed with a base hit up the middle plating Farrar.
  • Lafayette scratched the scoreboard in the seventh inning with a Brett Thompson RBI groundout that scored Andrew Nickles.
  • The Leopards led off the ninth with back-to-back singles. A Nickles sacrifice bunt put the two runners into scoring position for the visitors. Pinch hitter Zach Gross grounded out to short but Lafayette would pull within on the RBI groundout, 3-2.
  • With two outs and the tying run on third the Rams went to Thomas Gill out of the bullpen to close out the rally, getting the next Leopard to groundout to third and end the game.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Senior Seth Greene posted the longest start of his career Friday night, going 8.2 innings. The Richmond native's previous high was 7.2 innings against Richmond on May 18 last year.
  • With his one out appearance in the ninth Thomas Gill collected his third save of the season, and second in a row.
  • After only having one multiple hit performance in the Rams' first 12 games Cody Acker recorded one multiple hit game. Over the past five games Acker has produced two or more hits in each contest. During the span the sophomore is batting .462 (12-for-26).
  • Logan Farrar's two-hit day marked his sixth multiple hit game of his freshman campaign. The mark stands as tied for the best on the team with James Bunn and Joey Cujas.

QUOTABLE

That was a well played and clean game, their pitcher (Ortolf) did a good job of keeping us off balance and their reliever Cory Spera did a great job of coming in and throwing strikes and holding us down.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Seth Greene was outstanding and we needed an outing like that to get our bulppen back in shape after a wild game last week. He came in and really flooded the strike zone, picking up seven strike outs over 8.2 innings.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Cody Acker just continues to do a great job putting together at bats for us in the top of the order, which really made us productive today.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • VCU continues play in the PK5 Classic tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. against Buffalo.
 
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