Baseball Falls At VCU, 5-4
May 11, 2003
RICHMOND, Va. ? Host Virginia Commonwealth scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally for a 5-4 victory over Wake Forest in baseball Sunday afternoon at The Diamond.
The Rams, who were playing their final home game of the 2003 season, improved to 38-11 with the win and emerged victorious for the 12th time in their last 13 games. VCU also ends the year with a 29-4 record at The Diamond, which matches a school season record for home wins originally set in 1988.
Sophomore shortstop Ben Ingold homered and drove in all four runs for the Demon Deacons, who fell to 28-18 on the year.
The Rams trailed the Demon Deacons 4-3 heading into their last at-bat when junior shortstop Paul Swack (Pismo Beach, Calif./Allan Hancock JC) led off the inning with a single off Wake sophomore Tim Morley. After a sacrifice by junior center fielder Eric Latura (Midlothian, Va./Manchester) moved pinch-runner Kevin Faries (Curacao, Netherlands Antilles/Citrus JC) to second, senior right fielder Justin Mattison (Milpitas, Calif./San Jose City CC) smacked an opposite-field base hit against freshman reliever Kirby Wedekind to bring in the tying run. Junior third baseman Anthony Granato (Burlingame, Calif./Skyline JC) then ended the game with a double off the top of the left center field wall as Mattison came home all the way from first.
Junior Brian Marshall (Chesterfield, Va./Manchester) earned the win for VCU with 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. The lefthander allowed one hit and a pair of walks to move to 3-4 on the season. Wedekind was charged with the loss and is now 1-1 for the year.
The two teams were tied 3-3 after seven innings of play before Wake scratched home a run in the top of the eighth. After a one-out single off the bat of senior first baseman Jeff Ruziecki and a walk to pinch-hitter Steve LaFaivre put runners on first and second, Ingold delivered an RBI single to give the Deacons a 4-3 advantage. Marshall then prevented further damage by striking out sophomore catcher Ryder Mathias and retiring senior center fielder Adam Bourassa on an inning-ending flyout.
The Rams took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when junior second baseman Nick Jones (Vinton, Va./William Byrd) singled home Mattison with two out. Wake Forest countered in the top of the second when Ingold slammed a three-run homer off VCU starter Sean Marshall (Chesterfield, Va./Manchester) with Ruziecki and junior second baseman Brad Scioletti aboard.
The Rams knotted the contest at 3-3 after touching Morley for a pair of runs in their half of the third. After VCU loaded the bases on a Granato single and consecutive walks to senior first baseman Danny Lopaze (Lakeridge, Va./Potomac) and Jones, sophomore catcher Jeff Parrish (Poquoson, Va./Poquoson) came through with a clutch two-run single to even the score.
Sean Marshall allowed three runs and fanned five Demon Deacon hitters over the first six innings, while Morley gave up three runs and struck out four in six innings of relief of Wake ace Kyle Sleeth, who threw the first two innings.
Swack, Mattison and Granato each collected two hits each for the Rams, while Scioletti and Ruziecki finished two-for-three for the Deacons on the afternoon.