WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State University Rams swept a double header from The Lincoln University Lions on Saturday, 10-0 and 6-3, in two games played at Mando Field in Mocksville, NC.
With the two wins, Winston-Salem State improves to 20-6 overall and 5-1 in the CIAA, while The Lincoln falls to 1-8 overall and 0-2 in the CIAA.
In game one, the WSSU Rams got going early and often, scoring four runs in the first and two in the third, behind a Colby Keene home run to left field, to jump out to a 6-0 after three innings.
Sam Burton was masterful on the mound, sitting down the first 11 batters he faced, before allowing a walk.
The Rams would score another run in the fourth inning, and then would blow it wide open in the sixth, with another three runs, to go ahead 10-0 and come away with the win.
Sam Burton (3-1) continues to pitch well for the Rams, as he would go four innings in earning the win, with one walk and four strikeouts, while holding the Lions hitless. Tyler Scearce came out of the bullpen, pitching 2.0 innings, allowing one hit and three strikeouts, and Hayden O'Neal pitching an inning allowing one hit and striking out one.
Colby Keene led the Rams at the plate going two for three, including a double and a home run, while also scoring twice and driving in two runs. Dylan Dombrowskas finished one for two with two runs batted in a run scored. Alex Grubb also went one for two with two runs batted in. Connor Andrus went one for two with a run scored and a run batted in, and Gavin Culler was one for one with a run scored and three walks. Phillip Page also went one for one with a rbi, and Des Roberts scored two runs. Aaron Hatch also scored twice and Nathan Steger scored a run.
In game two, The Lincoln Lions got out quickly on WSSU and scored three runs on four hits in the first inning to take the early lead.
Winston-Salem State would answer in the bottom of the second inning when Aaron Hatch double to left center field and Jacob Barber would score to cut the Lions lead to 3-1.
The Rams would surge ahead in the fourth inning, as they would plate three runs, with two of those runs coming on an Alex Grubb pinch hit double that scored Aaron Hatch and Des Roberts, as WSSU took a 4-3 lead.
WSSU would slam the door in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Alex Grubb would belt a two-run single to deep left center field to give the Rams the final scoring of the night, and a 6-3 victory.
Austin Cole (1-0) picked up the win for WSSU, going 3.2 innings, striking out six and walking three out of the bullpen. Nathan Steger started for the Rams, and allowed three runs on four hits, with three walks and two strikeouts. Jordan Cummings picked up his second save of the year, going 2.1 innings with one hit and three strikeouts.
Alex Grubb led the Rams at the plate gong two for two with four big rbi's, while Aaron Hatch finished one for two with a run scored and one run batted in. Gavin Culler went one for four with a run scored, and Colby Keene went one for four. Des Roberts was one for two with two runs scored and Jacob Barber also went one for two with one run scored. Phillip Page scored one run.
Winston-Salem State and The Lincoln University will conclude the weekend series on Sunday at BB&T Ballpark in downtown Winston-Salem. The double header is schedule for a 1:00 pm start.