WINSTON-SALEM, NC - The Winston-Salem State University Rams scored two runs in the fourth and four runs in the fifth inning to bust open a close game to defeat the Trojans of Virginia State, 8-1 in game one of a double header at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem, NC.
With the win, the WSSU Rams improve to 29-8 overall and 11-1 in the CIAA, while the Trojans of Virginia State fall to 16-10 overall and 9-4 in the CIAA.
The Rams got on the board in the first inning when Travis Moore started the inning with a bunt single and stole second base, and then stole third base. Levi Grassley singled home Moore on a shot to center field, to gtive WSSU the early 1-0 lead.
In the second inning, Paco Martin started the inning with a walked and would steal both second and third base, before scoring on a Virginia State wild pitch.
Tyler Hickernell's masterful pitching job would keep the Trojans at bay, and WSSU would continue to pound the baseball and score runs.
In the fourth inning, WSSU would plate two more runs, as Travis Moore would reach on an error by the first baseman, and German Reyes would get them both home on a home run to deep left field, to give the Rams a 4-0 advantage.
Virginia State would finally get on the board in the fifth inning on a rbi single by Tyler Coleman, plating Nick Christopher, and cutting the Rams lead to 4-1.
But the WSSU Rams would explode for four run in the bottom half of the fifth, when Levi Grassley doubled down the left field line to start the inning. After an out and two hit batsmen, Brandon Harrison singled to center field scoring Grassley and Conner Andrus. Paco Martin and Brandon Harrison would pull off a double steal before Travis Moore walked to load the bases again. German Reyes grounded out, scoring Martin, and Harrison would eventually score on a wild pitch, to close out the scoring and give the WSSU Rams a 8-1 win.
Levi Grassley led the Rams by going three for four with one run scored and a rbi, while German Reyes was the man with the timely at-bat, as he went one for four with one run scored and a game high three runs batted in. Brandon Harrison finished one for two with one run scored and two runs batted in. Travis Moore finished one for two with two runs scored.
Tyler Hickernell (5-4) picked up the win for the Rams, going a complete seven innings, surrendering just three hits and a single unearned run, while striking out six and walking just one batter.
Josh Markins, John McCarty and Corey Grant each finished one for three, and Tyler Coleman picked up the Trojans lone rbi, with Nick Christopher scoring the lone run.
David Fitzpatrick took the loss for Virginia State, going 4.1 innings, giving up seven runs, of which six were earned. He also walked four and struck out three while hitting two batters.