Big Inning Pushes WSSU Past Virginia State Trojans, 4-2 in Game Two Of Double Header

WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- Winston-Salem State's Aaron Jones had two rbi's and Levi Grassley hit his third home run of the season as the Rams scored three third inning runs to take game two of today's double header, 4-2 at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem, NC. 

With the win, the WSSU Rams improve to 30-8 overall and 12-1 in the Virginia State Trojans fall to 16-11 overall and 9-5 in the CIAA.

Virginia State scored in the first inning off of two hits and helped out by a WSSU error to put the Rams back on the heels early.

The Trojans Colton Gunn would keep the Rams' hot bats silent for the first two innings, but in the third, the bats came alive and WSSU would plate three runs on two timely hits.

Conner Andrus was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and after a pop out, Brandon Harrison tripled home Andrus with a shot to deep center field to tie the game at 1-1. Travis Moore would be hit by a pitch, and after a strikeout, Moore would steal second base putting runners at second and third with two outs. Aaron Jones would single to center field, scoring both Harrison and Moore to push the Rams out in front 3-1.

WSSU would get a little more breathing room in the fourth inning, when Levi Grassley would lead off the inning with a deep solo blast to left center field.

Virginia State was not done, and tried to claw back with a home run of their own with a  shot off the bat of Stephen Brown to bring the score to 4-2.

But the Ram pitchers would shut down the Trojans the rest of the way and WSSU secure their 30th win of the season.

Levi Grassley went one for three with a run scored and one rbi, including a home run, while Aaron Jones went one for two with two rbi's to lead the Rams' hitters. German Reyes and Rafael Gonzalez each were one for three, and Brandon Harrison finished one for two with a run scored and a run batted in.

Four Ram pitchers combined to limit Virginia State to two runs on six hits, with John Markley (2-0) picking up the win and Seth Mahaffey picking up the save (4).

Tyler Coleman and Percy Evans, Jr. each finished two for three, with Evans also picking up an rbi. Nick Christopher went one for three, and Stephen Brown went one for three with a run scored and one rbi. Brown had a solo home run for the Trojans.

Colton Gunn picked up the loss Virginia State, going a complete 6.0 innings, allowing four runs, while striking out six WSSU batters. 

The Winston-Salem State University Rams will go for the series sweep tomorrow at 1:00pm in a nine inning game at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem.