WSSU Rams Dispatch Lincoln Tigers; Set For CIAA Championships

WINSTON-SALEM -- The Winston-Salem State university Rams Baseball Team wrapped up the CIAA's regular season title with a 25-2 whitewashing of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania on Sunday morning.

Winston-Salem State University traveled to West Chester, Pa this past weekend and took two of three from the Lincoln University Tigers.

The WSSU Rams improved to 31-17 overall, and 15-3 in the CIAA. Lincoln University falls to 6-23 overall and 4-14 in the CIAA.

The Rams dropped game one on Saturday, 3-1, before running roughshod over the Tigers in the next two games.  WSSU outscored Lincoln University 37-2 in the final two games of the weekend series, including a 25-2 whitewashing in the final game.

The red-hot Rams had seven players to hit over .400 over the weekend, with German Reyes (2B, R/R, 6-2, 205, Jr, San Pedro De Macoris, DR), topping the heap swinging his bat at a .571 clip.  Reyes was 8 for 14 with three home runs, three doubles and six runs scored, while driving in eight.  Reyes went 5 for 7  with seven rbi and four runs scored in the 25-2 win over Lincoln.

Brandon Harrison (CF, R/R, 6-0, 170, Jr, Kernersville, NC) and Dominque Fitzgerald (OF, R/R, 6-0, 190, Jr, Danville, VA) each batted .500 with Harrison going 6 for 12 with two doubles, two rbi, and four runs scored, while Fitzgerald went 5 for 10 with two home runs, one double and three runs scored.

WSSU, the defending CIAA Champions, will be the top seed in this week's 2012 Spring Championships - Baseball Tourney.  Chowan finished the season in second at 14-4 in the CIAA, while Virginia State finished 12-6 and St. Augustine's rounded out the top half with a 10-8 conference mark.

Winston-Salem State will face off with Virginia State at 10:00am on Thursday at Virginia State's Whaley Colbert Field.


NCAA Ram Rankings Notables:

As a team, the WSSU Rams are ranked in the NCAA DII Top 10 in eight different categories.  The Rams are ranked 10th in batting average (.335); 5th in runs scored (348); 3rd in hits (518); 3rd in doubles (113); 7th in doubles per game (2.4); 7th in home runs (40); 3rd in sacrifice flies (29); and 3rd in double plays (46).

Individually, the WSSU Rams are also well represented in the Top 25 of many categories.

Batting Average: Aaron Jones, 5th (.472) and German Reyes, 13th (.432); Runs: German Reyes, t-17th (49), Paco Martin, t-17th (49); Hits: Aaron Jones,1st (77), Paco Martin, 3rd, (73), German Reyes, 7th (70); Doubles: German Reyes, 3rd (19), Paco Martin, 6th (18), Aaron Jones, 12th (17), Michael Robbins, 19th (16); Doubles per game: German Reyes, 23rd (0.43); Home Runs: German Reyes, 25th (9); Runs Batted In: Aaron jones, 7th (54); German Reyes, 15th (49); Slugging Percentage: German Reyes, 18th (0.741); Total Bases: German Reyes, 8th (120), Aaron Jones, 12th (114); On Base Percentage: Aaron Jones, 7th (0.550); Sacrafice Flies: Paco Martin, 5th (7), Aaron Jones, 24th (5); Victories: Adam Satanoff, 2nd (9).