Hempstead, NY - Hofstra banged out 18 hits on the day against five VCU pitchers as the Pride captured a 13-4 win over the rams Saturday afternoon at University Field. Danny Poma had four of the Pride's hits with a home run and three doubles.
The Pride improve to 7-9 overall and 3-2 in the CAA with their third consecutive victory. VCU falls to 11-8, 2-3 in the CAA with the loss.
Poma opened the Pride scoring with a solo home run to right field in the first. The Pride would add a second run as Matt Ford singled, went to third on a Jared Hammer double and scored on a throwing error on the play.
Hofstra broke open the game in the third with five runs. Dalton Rouleau led off with a walk and stole second. Poma followed with a double for a 3-0 lead. After a sacrifice moved Poma to third, Hammer was hit by a pitch. The two pulled off a double steal with Poma taking home to make it 4-0. Bryan Verbitsky then just missed a home run to right, settling for an RBI triple. One batter later Kevin Flynn doubled in Verbitsky and Matt Reistetter also doubled to score Flynn and make it 7-0 for the Pride.
The Rams got on the board in the fourth as Vimael Machin singled in Taylor Perkins, but Hofstra got the run back when Hammer had an RBI single in the bottom of the inning.
VCU cut the deficit to 8-4 with three runs in the sixth, but Hofstra scored one in the sixth and four more times in the eighth to seal the win.
Hofstra starter John Tiedemann went 5 1/3 innings and allowed three hits, four runs and struck out six. He also walked five batters, but evened his record at 2-2 on the year. Andrew Barbarino and Cody Normand each went 1/3 of an inning to help Hofstra out of trouble in the sixth, and Joe Burg threw three scoreless innings to notch his first save of the year.
Poma was 4-for-4 with five runs and two RBIs, while Ford, Hammer and Flynn each added three hits. Ford, Hammer and T.J. Thomas also had two RBIs in the contest.
Perkins and Machin were the only VCU players with two hits, while Paul Nice had a two-run double. VCU starter Ryan Farrar allowed nine hits and seven runs in three innings to take his first loss of the season and fall to 2-1.
The series concludes tomorrow at 1 p.m.