VCU FALLS TO MASON 6-1 IN GAME ONE

FINAL: George Mason 6 (14-8, 3-1), #25/26 VCU 1 (20-4, 3-1) (Fairfax, Va.) – Spuhler Field

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

GEORGE MASON STARTERS: Willis (CF), Gum (SS), Fernandez (3B), Montefusco (RHP), Leemhuis (RF), Tobin (LF), Toto (C), Cook (2B), Foley (1B)

THE BASICS: VCU took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning but George Mason scored six unanswered runs in the second and third to take a 6-1 lead. From there the two clubs settled into a pitchers duel, posting six consecutive scoreless frames to give the Patriots a 6-1 win.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU opened up the game with a run in the first frame. After sophomore Cody Acker grounded out to start the inning, the Rams put runners on the corners with back-to-back singles from sophomore James Bunn and senior Joey Cujas. The next batter, senior Vimael Machin, capitalized in the RBI situation grounding into a fielders choice to plate the game's first run.
  • After beginning the bottom of the second with a leadoff followed by a walk, George Mason used four consecutive singles to plate three runs. The Patriots tacked on another run on a double play ball, before leaving the frame up 4-1.
  • With runners on the corners in the bottom of the third, Mason's Chris Cook roped a single into right field to push its lead out to 5-1. The Patriots added another run in the frame on a VCU balk brought a run home.
  • Senior Bill Cullen roped a triple into right-center field to give the Rams their first runner in scoring position since the opening frame. A fielder's choice nabbed Cullen at the plate and kept the inning scoreless.
  • VCU and Mason traded scoreless frames from the third inning on and the Patriots came away with the 6-1 win, giving the Rams their first conference loss of the season.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • VCU's 11 hits marked the fourth consecutive time the Rams have recorded double-digit hits.
  • The loss snapped VCU's season best eight game winning streak.
  • Bill Cullen's triple in the sixth moved the center fielder into a tie for the most career three baggers in school history. Cullen is now tied with Erik Sauve ('94) at 18.
  •  Cody Acker went 2-for-4 on the day, marking his ninth multiple hit game. With the two hits Acker extended his multiple hit streak to three games.
  • Acker's nine multiple hit games ties a team high with senior Joey Cujas, sophomore James Bunn and freshman Logan Farrar.
  • Seniors Chris Ayers and Trevor Marino also collected two hits on the day, for their sixth multiple hit performances of the year.
  • George Mason's Anthony Montefusco went 8.0 innings, allowing one run, while striking out five Rams along the way. With the win Montefusco moved to 5-1 on the year.

QUOTABLE

Anthony Montefusco was great today. He's a fifth year senior who really knows how to pitch. I thought we did a good job of stringing at bats together early on and throughout the day we hit the ball hard, they were just hit right to the defenders.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

George Mason has a veteran team and we let them control the at bats in the middle part of the game when we were on the mound. They strung at bats together pretty well in those second and third innings and that was the difference today.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

We need to keep doing what we're doing, there's nothing wrong with our approach, guys are playing well. Our guys will be ready to play, we just need to play well tomorrow and Sunday.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • VCU returns to action tomorrow for game two of the series at Spuhler field, first pitch in that contest is slated for 2 p.m.
 
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