March 15, 2014

DWYER STRIKES OUT 15 IN 1-0 WIN OVER BUFFALO

FINAL: VCU 1 (15-3), Buffalo 0 (8-5)  (Richmond, Va.) – The Diamond

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

BUFFALO STARTERS: Scarcello (SS), Dudek (2B), Pollack (LF), Mautner (1B), Kwitzer (3B), Mallaro (DH), Richards (RF), Brennan (C), Sinay (CF), Burke (RHP)

THE BASICS: Junior Heath Dwyer posted one of the most dominant pitching performances in recent VCU history Saturday night striking out 15 hitters. Dwyer went the distance for his first complete game of the year and fifth of his career as the Rams knocked off Buffalo 1-0.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Black-and-Gold loaded the bases in the first frame with three consecutive batters reaching safely. That left the table set for Chris Ayers at the plate.
  • VCU's catcher drove a pitch into deep right field for a sacrifice fly to give the Rams a 1-0 lead.
  • After that the two clubs were locked in a pitching duel, with both teams combining for three hits over the final eight innings.
  • In the sixth inning Vinny Scarcello singled up the middle to begin the frame, advancing to second on a groundout. A wild pitch moved the shortstop to third and threatened the Rams shutout.
  • Dwyer was up to the task and struck out the following batter and ended the frame with a groundout to keep the scoreboard blank.
  • The lefty ended the contest in style recording two outs, including the game ender, on strikeouts to push his total to 15 punch-outs.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Saturday night marked the fifth time Dwyer posted a complete game in a Rams uniform, a mark that currently leads the team.
  • The 15 punch-outs from Dwyer marked a career high for the Chandler, Arizona native.
  • In the last three innings of the contest Dwyer racked up five strikeouts and just allowed two Bulls to reach base.
  • Cody Acker and Trevor Marino each extended their hitting streaks to seven games, both recording a base hit in the contest.
  • With his RBI sacrifice fly in the first inning, Vimael Machin improved his season total to 17 which ranks second on the team
  • The shutout win marked the second time VCU has shutout an opponent at home this season. The other shutout came on Feb. 25 when the Rams blanked East Carolina 3-0.

QUOTABLE

Tonight was about both starting pitchers, Mike Burke for Buffalo was outstanding; he kept us off balance all night and he's one of the best college pitchers we've seen all year. It just happened that Heath Dwyer was a little bit better tonight. He was absolutely outstanding, one of the better pitching performances I've seen here in a long time. You could tell from the first inning he wanted the ball and was ready to go.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

To strikeout 15 guys in a baseball game I don't care what league you're in that's pretty good. We really needed this, Heath's been a three-year starter for us and we needed some rest for our bullpen after a long week of five games and he gave us that tonight

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

I feel like our chances are good tomorrow to play well against a very good Rutgers team but Heath was outstanding tonight.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • VCU concludes play in the PK5 Classic tomorrow at 11 a.m. against Rutgers.
 
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