March 23, 2014

RAMS TAKEOUT ST. BONAVENTURE 3-2 TO COMPLETE SWEEP

FINAL: VCU 3 (20-3, 3-0), St. Bonaventure 2 (4-13, 0-3)  (Richmond, Va.) – The Diamond

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

ST. BONAVENTURE STARTERS: T. Johnson (SS), Trimble (C), Dunn (DH), Weightman (RF), Bell (CF), Brozick (1B), Diaz (LF), Cox (3B), Styn (2B), Rosencrance (RHP)

THE BASICS: After falling behind 2-0 through five innings of work, VCU scored three unanswered to knock off St. Bonaventure in 10 innings. The Rams rally marked the 15th time VCU has come from behind to take the lead this season.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • With runners on first and third and one out in the third inning St. Bonaventure's Dylan Dunn drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single to right-center field. The run marked the first time the Bonnies led in the series.
  • In the fifth, St. Bonaventure doubled its lead on Dylan Dunn's second RBI, this time the designated hitter launched a sacrifice fly to center field bringing home Tommy Styn.
  • VCU scratched the scoreboard for the first time in the sixth, junior Vimael Machin walked and senior Chris Ayers followed with a single to put runners at first and second. The next batter senior Bill Cullen roped a double down the right field line to plate Machin.
  • Freshman Logan Farrar capped the scoring in the frame, looping a sacrifice fly into foul territory to bring home Cullen on a sacrifice fly and even the score, 2-2.
  • The two clubs held each other scoreless over the next three frames to send the game to extra innings.
  • Machin led off the 10th with a double into right field, to put the game-winning run in scoring position. The Rams went on to load the bases after two intentional walks, to bring up senior Trevor Marino with a chance to win the game.
  • The San Jose native was able to draw a walk to score Machin and pickup the Rams' second consecutive walk-off win in a Sunday contest.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • The Rams have won eight straight contests dating back to March 12, when VCU knocked off Virginia Tech 21-14. VCU's current win streak serves as the longest for the club this season.
  • Junior starter JoJo Howie provided his fourth quality start in six chances on Sunday afternoon. The lefty went six innings, with no earned runs, striking out a season high 10 batters.
  • Sunday's contest marked the second time this year the Rams have gone to extra innings. The other occasion came in a 3-2 win over Furman on Feb. 23.
  • On the day sophomore Cody Acker went 3-for-5, for his third three hit game of the year and eighth multiple hit performance of the season.
  • Two other Rams collected multiple hit games, Machin and Cullen, to propel the offense that collected double-digit hits for the fourth consecutive time and the 13th time this season.
  • Senior Joel Rosencrance went the distance for the Bonnies throwing 116 pitches, and scattering 11 hits over 9.2 innings of work, taking the loss.

QUOTABLE

This weekend was about the guys being ready to go. All the credit goes to the guys they really came in prepared for Atlantic 10 play. They were absolutely ready to go from first pitch on and would not be denied.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Anytime you go out and try to sweep someone on Sunday in conference you know it's going to be a tough task. Today's conditions were not condusive to a really offensive game but the guys grinded through it.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

JoJo Howie did a really great job for us today with another quality start. Then the bullpen came in and did a fantastic job to get the final 12 outs of the game.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Now, we have to move forward and put this one behind us with the Keydog Classic coming up, which is always a fun time but emotional time for us. Then heading into a tough conference stretch after that beginning with a trip to George Mason next weekend.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • VCU returns to action on Wednesday March 26 when they take on Old Dominion in Hampton for the second annual Keydog Classic. First pitch for that contest is slated for 7 p.m.
 
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