CARY, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams rode the arm of Sam Burton on the mound, and Dylan Dombrowskas and Nathan Steger hit back to back home runs in the third inning to propel the Rams to a 13-0 beating of the Trojans this afternoon at the USA Baseball Training Complex in Cary, NC.
With the win, Winston-Salem State improves to 32-13 overall, 12-1 in the CIAA, while Virginia State falls to 23-13 overall and 8-5 in the CIAA.
The Rams also earn their fourth consecutive CIAA regular season crown, and will go into next week's CIAA Tourney as the top seed.
The Rams added three runs in the third inning, as Connor Andrus doubled to start the inning and Dylan Dombrowskas homered to left field. Nathan Steger followed with a solo home run to give WSSU a 5-2 advantage.
Winston-Salem State would blow the game wide open with eight runs combined in the fifth and sixth innings, to give the Rams a 13-0 win.
Sam Burton pitched a masterful game for the Rams, throwing a complete game, giving up just two hits, with three walks and five strikeouts in the shutout. Only three balls left the infield on the afternoon.
Nathan Steger led the Rams with the bat, going 5 for 5 on the afternoon, with one run scored and five runs batted in. Des Roberts went 3 for 3 with three runs scored and one run batted in, while Jacob Barber went 2 for 5 with three runs batted in. Dylan Dombrowskas was 2 for 4 with one run scored and two runs batted in, and Connor Andrus was 2 for 4 with three runs scored and a run batted in. Taylor Idol also finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and one run batted in. Colby Keene went 1 for 4 with a run scored, and Chris Kane also went 1 for 4 with a run scored. Rashad Webster also scored a run on the afternoon.
The Rams and Trojans will have a long day on Sunday, as they will attempt to play three, seven inning games, to finish the regular season. The teams will look to start the first game between 11:30am and 12pm, depending on field conditions from this evening's rain. All games will be played at the USA Baseball Training Complex in Cary, NC.