WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Leland Clemmons and Ray Crawford would provide the late inning fireworks, as Winston-Salem State University would come from behind, as the Rams an exciting 7-6 win over Mercyhurst University at Mando Field in Mockville, N.C.
Mercyhurst scored first and early, as the second hitter of the game, Ryan Siegal, went deep of off WSSU starter, Eric Corlett, to give the Lakers a 1-0 lead.
The Lakers would get some breathing room in the third inning, as they were able to plate three runs to go ahead of the Rams 4-0.
Winston-Salem State would begin to chip away at the Laker lead in the fourth inning, as Colby Keane and Conner Andrus would both cross the plate on a Leland Clemmons single through the middle.
WSSU would close the gap to just a one run lead for Mercyhurst in the seventh when Gavin Culler would score after advancing on two wild pitches.
Mercyhurst would once again put some distance between themselves and the Rams when they would score two runs in the top of the eighth inning to lead 6-3.
In the bottom half of the eighth inning, Colby Keane doubled to left field to start the inning and gave the Rams a baserunner, in a much needed situation. Later in the inning, Gavin Culler was hit by a pitch, setting up a key at-bat for Ray Crawford. Crawford would send the WSSU fans and players alike, into a frenzy, as he would take a Laker pitch deep to left field to a towering home run, scoring three runs to tie the game at 6-6.
After a scoreless ninth, Leland Clemmons would come to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning and with one out. And he would supply the heroics, as he would take a pitch deep to left field for a walk-off solo home run, giving the WSSU Rams the 7-6 series capping win.
On the afternoon, Ray Crawford would lead the Rams, going two for four with a run scored and three runs batted in, while Leland Clemmons would finish two for five with a run scored and also three runs batted in. Colby Keane went two for three with two runs scored, and Gavin Culler finished one for four with two runs scored. Conner Andrus would go one for five with a run scored, while Devin McLemore would finish one for four and Levi Grassley would finish one for five.
Scott Wells would come on in relief and pitch 2.2 innings to pick up the win. Wells allowed no hits and struck out two in his time on the mound. Eric Corlett started for the Rams going 3.0 inning allowing four runs and four hits, while walking one and striking out two. Ryan Mayhew came on in relief early, and went 3.2 innings, allowing one hit, while walking three and striking out three. Alex Grubb also would come out of the pen, going 0.2 innings, allowing two runs on two hits and walking two.
Winston-Salem State will jump back into CIAA action this weekend as they will host the St. Augustine's Falcons for a four game series. They will play a double header starting at one on Saturday and one on Sunday.