VCU FALLS IN SERIES FINALE TO RICHMOND 9-6

FINAL: Richmond 9 (15-18-1, 6-6), VCU 6 (25-8, 7-3) (Richmond, Va.) – Pitt Field

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

RICHMOND STARTERS: Stanley (CF), Small (2B), Kraeger (1B), Dacey (3B), Beckwith (SS), K. Brown (DH), Fraser (LF), Moheit (C), Poulos (RF), Stoops (LHP)

THE BASICS: After falling behind 4-0 in the first two innings, the Rams scored four unanswered, capped by a three-run Matt Davis home run to tie it in the sixth. Richmond countered with a 5-2 run differential the rest of the day to take the series finale 9-6.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Spiders kicked off the first inning with back-to-back singles from Tanner Stanley and Mike Small. Richmond's cleanup hitter, Matt Dacey, capitalized launching a three-run home run over the right field wall to open the scoring and give the hosts a 3-0 advantage.
  • Richmond's Tanner Stanley added to the lead in the second inning with a solo homer over the right field wall, increasing the lead out to 4-0.
  • With senior Chris Ayers aboard in the fourth after a single, a senior Bill Cullen triple brought home the catcher to score the Rams' first run.
  • Junior Vimael Machin was hit by pitch loading the bases in the fifth but a long VCU fly ball ended the inning without plating any runs.
  • In the sixth, walks from Cullen and senior Trevor Marino put runners on at first and second setting the table for pinch-hitter Matt Davis. The freshman cashed in with a three run shot over the left field wall to even the game 4-4.
  • Richmond answered back with RBIs from Cory Moheit, Tanner Stanley and Mike Small to regain a three run lead, 7-4.
  • The following frame with Machin at third and Cullen on second Marino looped an RBI single into right plating both runners to cut the host's lead to 7-6.
  • Once again, the Spiders answered back with runs of their own in the inning. A Jansen Fraser RBI double followed by a Moheit RBI single pushing the home team's lead back to three runs, 9-6.
  • Those runs stood as the final scored over the weekend; as Ray Harron came on to earn a 2.0 inning save, preserving the Richmond win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • With the 2-1 weekend win the Rams have won nine straight series dating back to last May.
  • The loss marked the first time since May 5, 2013 the Rams dropped a game on a Sunday.
  • Davis' three-run homer in the sixth marked the first career home run for the Mechanicsburg, Pa. native.
  • The pinch-hit home run also marked the second time this season a freshman accomplished the feat. Darian Carpenter had a pinch-hit home run of his own against St. Bonaventure on March 21.
  • After snapping his 12-game hitting streak yesterday sophomore Cody Acker responded with a two hit day. Acker now has 14 multiple hit games on the season to lead the team.
  • VCU totaled 10 hits in the contest for its 19th time reaching double-digit hits on the year.

QUOTABLE

The guys did a great job of coming out and getting a tough season on the road against a conference rival.

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

I was happy with the way we fought back all day. All the credit goes to Richmond, they came out ready to go and it showed from the first inning on. Our guys did a good job clawing back but we just couldn't get the big pitch to get out of the jams. 

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

We've got some big games ahead of us this week at home, so it'll be good to get back to work at the Diamond and get back on track

VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler

WHAT'S NEXT

  • VCU takes a break from conference play to take on Norfolk State at The Diamond on Wednesday, with first pitch coming at 7 p.m.
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