RAMS RALLY BACK FROM 5-0 DEFICIT IN THE SEVENTH TO BEAT TECH 11-6

FINAL: VCU 11 (23-7), Virginia Tech 6 (14-16-1) (Richmond, Va.) – The Diamond

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

VIRGINIA TECH STARTERS: Jenco (CF), Perez (2B), Zagunis (DH), Hayeden (3B), Keselica (LF), Sciretta (1B), Stoffel (RF), Mogg (C), Surum (SS), Scheetz (LHP)

THE BASICS: Virginia Tech scored the first five runs of the night, taking a 5-0 to the bottom of the seventh. The Rams then ripped off 11 consecutive runs in the next two frames to take an 11-5 lead. VCU's offensive outburst was highlighted by a 4-for-4 day from catcher Chris Ayers.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • In the top of the first inning the Hokies loaded the bases with a Brendon Hayden walk and one out on the scoreboard. Junior starter Daniel Concepcion was able to get out of the jam by getting Sean Keselica to ground into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play.
  • Virginia Tech loaded the bases again in the third, after back-to-back hitters were hit by pitches. The next batter, third baseman Brendon Hayden, lifted a sacrifice fly into left plating the game's first run.
  • With two outs in the fourth, the Rams got back-to-back hits from junior Vimael Machin and Chris Ayers, putting the two on third and second respectively. VCU stranded the two runners, leaving the inning still behind 1-0.
  • Both clubs traded scoreless frames over the next three innings before the Hokies plated four in the seventh inning.
  • In the seventh Virginia Tech produced runs on an RBI single from Alex Perez, a Brendon Hayden two-RBI double, and a wild pitch brought home Mark Zagunis. The four runs pushed the Hokies lead out to 5-0.
  • VCU didn't wait long to close the gap, scoring four runs in the bottom half. The first four Ram hitters collected hits to open the frame. The final two hits plated two runs, on a Bill Cullen RBI-single and a Logan Farrar RBI-double. Senior Trevor Marino plated the next run on an RBI-groundout and a Cody Acker's RBI-single scored the innings final run, closing the Hokies lead to 5-4.
  • With runners on at second and third a Farrar triple cleared the bases making the score 6-5. Farrar went on to score during the same play, when the Virginia Tech third baseman misplayed the throw in.
  • The Rams scored four more runs in the eighth, getting three RBIs from a Machin double and another RBI off a senior Landon Prentiss double.
  • The Hokies attempted to rally in the top of the ninth but only plated one run, after Hayden doubled to right center, plating Zagunis, cutting the score to 11-6.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Starter Daniel Concepcion went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs and scattering four hits. The four Hokie hits were the second fewest the righthander has allowed in a start.
  • With a hit in the seventh inning, sophomore Cody Acker extended his hitting streak to 11 games. The streak stands as the longest for any Ram this season.
  • Machin and Farrar produced three RBIs for VCU in the win. For Machin the three RBIs marked the seventh multiple RBI game for the Puerto Rico native.
  • Eight of the Rams starters recorded a hit on the day, with five Black and Gold starters collecting multiple hits.
  • In the two games against the Hokies the Rams totaled 32 runs to win both contests.

QUOTABLE

I was really happy with the performance we got out of Daniel Concepcion tonight, even though he didn't get the win, he kept us in a pretty tight game early. Tech's Kit Scheetz really did a good job attacking our lineup, forcing us to work for everything we got in the early goings.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

It really shows a lot about our ball club and the resiliency we have to battle back down 5-0 in the seventh, and score 11 runs in the seventh and eighth.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

Our upperclassmen once again came up big for us when we needed them. Ayers with four hits and Machin with three RBIs, from the fourth and fifth spot in the lineup were keys to helping us put up as many runs as we did.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

The crowd was great tonight and really has been great the past couple of games. It was great to have The Peppas out, fraternities and sororities showing great support for our guys.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • The Rams will turn their focus back to Atlantic 10 play on Friday when they begin a three-game set with Richmond at Pitt Field. First pitch Friday comes at 3 p.m.

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