WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Winston-Salem State exploded for four runs in the second inning, behind a big two run home run from Jacob Barber, as the Rams defeated Wheeling Jesuit 5-3 on Wednesday night at BB&T Ballpark in downtown Winston-Salem.
Wheeling Jesuit came back in the top of the second, when a throwing error from Leland Clemmons allowed a Cardinal run to score from second base.
But WSSU would bust the game open in the bottom of the second, starting with a Aaron Hatch single to left field. Hatch would advance to second on a sacrifice bunt from Gabian Mundo, followed by a Leland Clemmons walk. Gavin Culler would single to left field, scoring Hatch and advancing Clemmons to second base. Clemmons would reach third on a wild pitch before Ray Crawford would plate Clemmons on a sacrifice fly to right field. Jacob Barber would supply the fireworks with a two run home run to deep left field to give the Rams a 5-1 lead.
The next five innings went by quick, as Wesley Helsabeck continued to shut down the Cardinals, and neither team would be able to score a run or even get any runners in serious scoring position.
But heading into the eighth, and the Rams now into their bullpen, Wheeling Jesuit would make a serious run at WSSU by plating two runs, and having more runners on in scoring position.
The Rams would call on closer, Devin McLemore, who got a groundball out to get out of the inning with no more runs scored, and he would strike out the side in the ninth to give Winston-Salem State the 5-3 win.
WSSU was led in hitting by Gavin Culler and Aaron Hatch who each two for four, with Culler scoring two runs and picking up a rbi, while Hatch also scored a run. Ray Crawford and Jacob Barber each went one for three, with Crawford picking up two rbi's and a double, and Barber hitting a two run home run. Leland Clemmons was one for three with a run scored and Derrick Burnett finished one for four.
Wesley Helsabeck (2-1) had his second consecutive good outing, going six inning allowing three hits and one run. He struck out a season high eight batter while walking just one. Devin McLemore (2) pitched a masterful 1.1 innings in picking up his second save, striking out three Cardinal batters.
Winston-Salem State and Wheeling Jesuit will continue the series with a double header on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 & 4:00 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark in downtown Winston-Salem, N.C.