RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Baseball team kicked off its 2012 CAA schedule with a victory over visiting Towson University at The Diamond on Friday night.
The Rams won the game 6-3 to improve to 9-5 on the year and 1-0 in CAA play, while Towson drops to 5-6 overall and 0-1 in CAA play.
"I thought we came out on fire and it was a shame we let a couple of those innings get away from us," said VCU head coach Paul Keyes. "Towson did a good job pitching all night and made the right adjustments when they needed to. After Towson closed the lead on us, Vimael hit a single late that really gave us a nice cushion, and handed us the 6-3 lead."
The Rams started the scoring early, pushing three runs across in the bottom of the first inning. After sophomore outfielder Bill Cullen reached safely on a fielding error, junior infielder Jordan Weymouth delivered a single to left field. VCU loaded up the bases after sophomore infielder Joey Cujas drew a walk. Cullen and Weymouth came around to score on consecutive one-out singles, before Cujas (pictured right) scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by freshman infielder Vimael Machin.
VCU plated two more runs in the bottom of the second, manufactured off back-to-back one-out singles by Cullen and Weymouth. Cujas followed that up with a double down the left field line to score Cullen from second and Weymouth all the way from first.
The Tigers pushed across their first run of the game in the top of the fourth inning, before plating two more in the top of the seventh inning to close the score to 5-3 in favor of VCU.
The Rams added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh, with Cujas leading off the inning with a single up the middle. Cujas advanced to second on an infield groundout, before scoring on a single to right field by Machin, handing VCU a 6-3 lead.
Junior pitcher Kyle Haynes notched his second victory of the season, throwing 95 pitches in six and 2/3rds innings. Junior pitcher Blake Hauser grabbed his sixth save of the season, fanning three of the four batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning.
The Rams will be back at it tomorrow against the Tigers, with the chance to win the season series against Towson. First pitch for Saturday's game is scheduled for 3 p.m.
"Its CAA play, so I am sure it will be another tight game throughout," added Keyes. "Hopefully we can clean up the things we need to clean up, and get an early jump on them like we did tonight."