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VCU Rallies Past Mason

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          Release: 05/23/2012
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (May 23, 2012) - Junior second baseman Jordan Weymouth drove in four runs and sophomore outfielder Bill Cullen added a three-run homer in the ninth to lead fifth-seeded VCU to an 11-7 victory over #4 George Mason in a rain-delayed opening game of the Virginia 529 CAA Baseball Championship at Veterans Memorial Park.

The Rams (33-23) will face top-seeded UNCW at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, while the Patriots (33-23) will meet either Delaware or Towson in an elimination game on Thursday morning at 10 a.m.

With VCU trailing by one in the top of the sixth, Weymouth put the Rams ahead to stay at 7-5 when he lined a single to center that plated a pair of runs and then came all the way around to score when the ball got past the charging fielder and rolled to the wall.

VCU put the contest away with a four-run ninth that included a perfectly executed squeeze bunt by Nick Abramson and Cullen's three-run shot to left-center.

Senior Seth Cutler-Voltz (7-3) picked up the win in relief for VCU despite allowing five runs and eight hits over the final 6.0 innings after a 4:48 rain and lightning delay. Mason's Branden Butler (2-1), who also came on in relief following the long delay, suffered the loss after giving up four runs in just over an inning of work.

Along with Weymouth and Cullen, third baseman Joey Cujas was 3-for-5 with a run scored for VCU. Five other Rams had two hits in the contest. Mason was led by senior first baseman Zack Helgeson, who was 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBI's.

VCU wasted little time jumping out to a 2-0 lead. Cullen led off the game with a walk and Weymouth followed with his second home run of the season.

Mason drew even in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Blaise Fernandez and Nick Allen laced back-to-back singles to left and Helgeson walked to load the bases. Left fielder Josh Leemhuis delivered a two-run single to right that knotted the contest at 2-2.

The game was delayed nearly five hours due to weather in the middle of the fourth, but neither team's offense was hindered by the wait. On the first at-bat following the break, Mason's Chris Cook homered to right field to give the Patriots their first lead at 3-2.

The Rams responded in the top of the fifth as Cujas lined a double to right-center and scored on Chris Ayers' double over the head of the center fielder. Vimael Machin followed with an RBI single that put VCU up 4-3. Mason moved back on top, 5-4, in the bottom of the frame on Helgeson's two-run homer to right. Helgeson also had a two-run single in the ninth for the Patriots.