FINAL: VCU 5, VMI 4 – 11 innings (Richmond, Va. – The Diamond, part of the HDL Athletic Village)
VCU STARTERS: Cullen (CF), Bunn (LF), Cujas (3B), Ayers (DH), Machin (SS), Buran (RF), Weymouth (2B), Marino (1B), Haymaker (C), Black (P)
VMI STARTERS: Tarsovich (LF), Dickinson (CF), Winn (C), Dowdell (DH), Connorley (1B), Angus (RF), Lopez (3B), Bryan (SS), Stallings (2B), Lighton (P)
THE BASICS: Senior Jordan Weymouth hit a walk-off RBI-single, lifting VCU to a 5-4, 11 inning, victory over VMI on Wednesday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VMI (18-21) scored the game's first run in the top of the first inning. Jordan Tarsovich led off the game with a walk, advancing to third on a one-out single from Matt Winn. The next batter, Red Dowdell flew out to left field, scoring Trasovich, giving the Keydets a 1-0 advantage.
- VCU (17-18) responded with a run in the home of half of the first inning. With one out, freshman James Bunn doubled to start the rally. The next batter, junior Joey Cujas roped a single to right field scoring Bunn and tying the game 1-1.
- The Rams took the lead in the bottom of the second inning. Weymouth reached on a fielder's choice, moving to second on a groundout to shortstop. The next batter, freshman Walker Haymaker, singled to right field, giving VCU a 2-1 lead.
- VCU extended its lead in the bottom of the third inning. Cujas started the rally with a one-out single to right field, advancing to second on a groundout. Sophomore Vimael Machin followed with a single to center field, putting the Rams up 3-1.
- The Keydets rallied for two runs in the top of fifth inning. Rob Dickinson led off the inning with a single advancing to third with two stolen bases, before scoring on a wild pitch. Will Connorley restarted the rally with a walk, moving to second on a wild pitch. The next batter, Brandon Angus, RBI single tying the game 3-3.
- VMI retook the lead in the top of the eighth inning. With one-out, Thomas Stallings singled to start the rally, advancing to second when Tarsovich was hit by a pitch. Dickinson followed with an RBI single, giving the Keydets the 4-3 advantage.
- The Rams responded with the tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning. With one out, Bunn and Cujas reached with back-to-back singles. After recording the second-out, Machin roped a double down the right field line, tying the game 4-4, and putting runners on second and third. VMI was able to get the final out of the frame, sending the game to extra innings.
- Redshirt junior Jordan Storey entered the game in the top of the 11th inning with runners on first and second. After surrendering a single, loading the bases, Storey, was able to dial up a 4-6-3 double play that kept the game tied.
- In the bottom of the 11th inning, Cujas started the inning with a leadoff single, moving to second on a wild pitch. After the Keydet's outs and a hit by a pitch, Weymouth came to the plate and roped an RBI single into the right-center-field gap, giving VCU the 5-4 victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Cujas finished the game 5-for-6, it was the first five-hit performance for a Ram this season.
- Bunn recorded his 13th multi-hit game of the season for the Rams. The Princeton, N.J. native has reached base safely in 28 of his last 31 games.
- The Rams tied a season-high with 14 hits. It was the third time VCU has recorded 14 hits in a game.
- Storey, who got out of the top of 11th inning jam, earned his first victory of the season. It was also his first career win.
- Freshman Michael Carpenter threw a career-long four innings, allowing one run on four hits, and striking out two.
- VMI's Reid Garrett was charged with his fifth loss of the season.
"We were finally on the good end of one. It took a pretty heroic effort from some guys who haven't had a lot of opportunities this year and some young freshmen. There is no difference in tonight's game and some of the games we have lost recently, but tonight we were able to come up with the big play to win the ball game. The kids have always competed and they continue to compete. I am proud of the way we played tonight."
- Head Coach Shawn Stiffler on the win
"I am looking forward to heading to Dayton. I think we can ride some momentum into the weekend and continue to play well, so we can get back in the hunt."
-Stiffler on the road ahead
VCU opens a seven-game road trip, beginning with a three game Atlantic 10 Conference series at Dayton. It will be the first meeting between the Rams and Flyers .