TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore righthander Seth Cutler-Voltz tossed a complete game and Virginia Commonwealth University posted its second straight shutout in Colonial Athletic Association play following a 10-0 victory against Towson University on Friday afternoon in the first game of a three-game series at John B. Schuerholz Park.
VCU improves its record to 16-14 overall and 6-1 in CAA play, while Towson slips to 9-21, 5-5 in conference action.
Cutler-Voltz fanned seven, walked three and scattered five hits. He tossed his second complete game of the year, while posting his first career shutout.
Seven different Rams collected hits on the day. Senior Michael Cheatham reached base in all four trips to the plate as he finished 3-for-3 with a two RBI, a walk and run scored. Junior Joe Van Meter went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI and two runs. Senior Doug Otto and sophomore Paul Nice registered two hits apiece for VCU.
Sophomore Brent Mikionis put the Rams on the board with a solo homerun with two outs in the top of the fourth.
Cutler-Voltz retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced until Towson threatened in the bottom of the frame. Kevin Collins sent a one-out double into right field and stole third base before Chris Wychock walked to put runners on the corners. Cutler-Voltz then induced a double play to end the inning and the Rams held on to their 1-0 advantage.
VCU would add to its lead with four runs in the sixth. Otto and Van Meter led off the inning with back-to-back singles and Mikionis was hit by a pitch on a 0-2 count to load the bases. Nice came through with an RBI single up the middle, Van Meter scored on a wild pitch and Cheatham drove in two runs with his third hit of the day to give the Rams a 5-0 lead.
Towson threatened again in the bottom of the inning but Cutler-Voltz was able to escape a bases loaded jam as Mikionis made a snag on a hard hit ground ball at first base and preserved the shutout.
The Rams added three runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth.
VCU and Towson will continue with the second game of the series on Saturday at 1 p.m.