WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- Winston-Salem State University used a big fourth inning to pull away from the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears 9-3 Tuesday at a frigid BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem.
With the win, WSSU improves to 23-8, while the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears falls to 13-22 on the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne jumped out quick on the WSSU Rams scoring two runs in the first inning and one in the second inning to take an early 3-0 lead.
Conner Andrus got the Rams on the board in the bottom of the second inning, when he sacrificed bunted and scored Levi Grassley.
The Rams had a big fourth inning as they were able to plate four run on three hits and helped out by a LR Bear error. Travis Moore started the inning off with a single then promptly stole second base. German Reyes singled home Moore two batters later. Aaron jones singled and Levi Grassley walked, loading the bases for Rafael Gonzalez. Gonzalez reached on an error by the shortstop, scoring Reyes. Tyler Hickernell drew a walk, scoring Jones. Conner Andrus reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Grassley.
WSSU scored three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Paco Martin singled scoring Brandon Harrison, and German Reyes grounded out scoring Travis Moore. Aaron Jones hit a sacrifice fly to center field and Paco Martin crossed the plate to give the Rams a commanding 8-3 lead.
Winston-Salem State would get one more run in the eighth inning when Aaron Jones singled home German Reyes.
German Reyes (10) doubled twice, while Brandon Harrison (8) also picked up a double.
German Reyes (35), Aaron Jones (30) and Conner Andrus (28) each had two rbi's, with Paco Martin (30), Rafael Gonzalez (39) and Tyler Hickernell (38) each getting one run batted in on the night.
Tyler Hickernell (4-4) picked up the win for the Rams, going 72/3 innings, giving up five hits and two earned runs. He walked three and struck out six on the evening. John Markley came in to finish the game, going 11/3 innings striking out three. Markley did not allow a hit or a base runner while on the mound.
Winston-Salem State will travel to Mar Hill College on Thursday, with first pitch slated for 3:00pm.