Harrisonburg, VA - Kenny Jackson went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and Nick Kozlowski, Cody Normand and Andrew Barbarino held the Rams to 11 hits and just two runs as Hofstra staved off elimination with a 4-2 win over VCU at the Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Championship at Veterans Memorial Park.
Hofstra improved to 34-21 on the year and advances to play Delaware in an elimination game Friday night. VCU sees its season end at 34-25.
Hofstra wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard, scoring twice in the top of the first. Danny Poma led off the game by reaching on an error and went to second on a one-out single from Matt Ford. After a double steal, Jared Hammer grounded out to short to drive home Poma for a 1-0 lead. followed with an opposite field single to left that plated Ford to make it 2-0.
Hofstra added a run in the third as Hammer singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Jackson's single up the middle to make it a 3-0 lead.
The Rams cracked the scoreboard in the fourth as Taylor Buran and Chris Ayers started the inning with singles and a one-out walk to Brent Mikionis loaded the bags. Nick Abrahamson lifted a sacrifice fly to center to drive in the first run, but Kozlowski struck out Paul Nice to end the threat.
The Pride added an insurance run in the fifth as Ford walked to lead off and went to second on a ground out. Jackson followed with his third consecutive RBI single to give Hofstra a 4-1 advantage.
Mikionis led off the VCU sixth with a home run off of Normand, but that was the last run the Rams would score. The Rams threatened in the seventh but stranded two runners. Barbarino then came on and threw a perfect eighth and allowed a hit in the ninth before retiring the side for his third save of the year.
Kozlowski, who was making his fourth and arguably his biggest start of his career, allowed seven hits, three walks and one run over five innings. He also struck out three in improving to 2-0 on the season.
Kyle Pelchy took the loss for VCU, allowing three runs on eight hits in four innings to fall to 4-4 on the season.
Ford also had three hits for the Pride, while T.J. Thomas
had two doubles.Poma's one hit in the game was his 100th of the season, extending his single season record.
Ayers had three hits for VCU, while three other batters had two hits each.