Richmond, VA (WWBT)- After opening weekends on the road, both the VCU and Richmond baseball teams played their first games in front of their respective home crowds on Friday. At the end of the night, one team had secured a win, while the other will have to wait until Saturday to discover the final outcome.
VCU got eight solid innings from starting pitcher Kyle Haynes and some key late runs to fuel a 5-1 victory over Binghamton on Friday night. Bill Cullen led off the VCU first inning with a triple and Jordan Weymouth plated him with an RBI single, giving the Rams a 1-0 lead. It would remain that way until the seventh, when Chris Ayers just missed a home run that hit off the left field wall and scored Taylor Perkins for an RBI double. After the Bearcats got one back in the eighth, the Rams answered with three more runs in their half of the frame to round out the scoring.
Haynes was magnificent on the mound, pitching eight innings and giving up one earned run on five hits and striking out eleven batters while walking just two. Blake Hauser closed the door on the visitors by striking out the side in the ninth. Ayers was 2-for-4 with two doubles and the RBI to pace the Rams' offense.
VCU and Binghamton will resume their series Saturday at 2:00 pm.
As for Richmond, the Spiders welcomed Niagara to Pitt Field to open up a three game series. Due to severe weather, the game was suspended and will resume on Saturday prior to the originally scheduled game two of the series. The first game will resume at 12:00 pm with the Purple Eagles leading 7-3, after they broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the fourth with four quick runs.