WSSU gives the Falcons their first conference loss and takes control of the CIAA
WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- Winston-Salem State used a big fourth and sixth inning to come from behind to defeat the Saint Augustine's University Falcons, 7-4 in the first game of a double header played in Raleigh, NC.
With the win, the WSSU Rams improve to 24-8 and 9-1 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Saint Augustine's falls to 22-11, 9-1 in the CIAA.
St. Augustine's jumped out on the Rams in the third inning, scoring three runs on four hits, including three doubles in the inning.
But Winston-Salem State would battle back in the fourth inning, starting with Tyler Hickernell getting hit by a pitch. Rafael Gonzalez would double home Hickernell to get the Rams on the board. After a Brandon Harrison walk, Travis Moore would triple home Gonzalez and Harrison to pull the Rams even at 3-3. Paco Martin would single home Moore to give WSSU a 4-3 lead.
The Falcons would continue to stay close, as they would plate another run in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game at 4-4.
The WSSU Rams would break the game open in the sixth inning, when they scored three runs on three hits and helped out with two errors by St. Augustine's. Rafael Gonzalez reached on an error, and Conner Andrus would sacrifice him over to second with a groundout bunt. Brandon Harrison doubled, scoring Gonzalez. Travis Moore singled putting runners on the corners with one out. Paco Martin would pick up an rbi with a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Harrison. Moore would steal second and German Reyes would single him home to give the Rams a 7-4 lead.
Michael Dry (2-2) picked up the win for WSSU pitching three scoreless innings, and Seth Mahaffey picked up the save pitching a scoreless seventh inning.
Travis Moore finished the game going two for four with two runs scored and two runs batted in. Paco Martin went two for three with two rbi's, and German Reyes and Rafael Gonzalez each went one for four with a rbi, with Gonzalez also scoring two runs. Brandon Harrison went one for two with two runs scored and an rbi. Martin, Gonzalez and Harrison each had doubles, with Moore picking up a triple.