HOWIE THROWS A COMPLETE GAME AS RAMS TOP SAINT JOSEPH'S 5-1

FINAL: VCU 5 (22-7, 5-2), Saint Joseph's 1 (15-9, 5-3) (Richmond, Va.) – The Diamond

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

SAINT JOSEPH'S STARTERS: Hueth (LF), O'Keefe (C), Forgey (RF), Cunningham (DH), Muha (1B), Kratochwill (2B), Boyd (SS), Jadacki (3B), Pater (CF), Thorpe (RHP)

THE BASICS: VCU got off to a quick start and never lost control of the lead in a 5-1 victory over Saint Joseph's on Sunday.  Junior lefty JoJo Howie pitched a complete game, and gave up only five hits en route to earning his third win of the season.  Sophomore Cody Acker and senior Chris Ayers both produced a multi-hit game, while Ayers' two RBI was a game high. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU kicked off the scoring in the first inning when Acker scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of junior Vimael Machin.
  • In the second inning, with runners on at second and third senior Tom Crimi laced groundout to first, allowing Bill Cullen to score and extend the Rams' lead to 2-0.
  • Chris Ayers used two-RBI single up the middle in the fifth with runners on at the corners to plate senior Joey Cujas and sophomore James Bunn.
  • Saint Joseph's put up their sole run on the board in the sixth frame.  Mike Muha hit a deep sacrifice fly to left field that scored Brian O'Keefe.
  • The Rams added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Cujas drew a bases-loaded walk allowing Trevor Marino to cross home plate.
  • Junior JoJo Howie then sealed the deal from there posting three consecutive scoreless innings to earn the complete game win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • VCU went 2-1 in the series with Saint Joseph's, and moved to 5-2 in conference play with the win.
  • Howie went nine innings for his second complete game of the season, picking up his third win (3-1).  Scattering five hits over the nine innings of work, while striking out five Hawks.
  • Acker extended his hitting streak to ten games and has successfully reached base in each of the last eighteen contests.
  • The Rams were error-free for the eleventh time this season.
  • Ayers led all players with two RBIs, while Cujas, Machin and Crimi each drove in a run for the Rams.

QUOTABLE

We really needed a good effort out of JoJo (Howie), and we got that.  He told me before the game he would not be denied, and he pitched a great game.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

We always talk about Sundays being huge for us.  Championships are won on Sundays, and our players were up for the challenge today.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

This has been a tough week for us, we had to battle through some injuries, but coming through and getting the series win shows a lot of character in our guys.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

We have a quick turnaround and face a tough ACC team in Virginia Tech on Tuesday night and going to be a challenge, but I know we'll be ready to go.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • VCU returns to action on Tuesday for the final game of a five-game homestand, taking on Virginia Tech. First pitch against the Hokies is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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