WINSTON-SALEM, NC – #21 Winston-Salem State fought valiantly, but their rally came up short in a 4-2 loss to #18 Millersville University on Sunday in the series finale.
The loss drop the WSSU Rams to 1-3, while Millersviile improves to 3-1.
The game was all pitching for both teams through the first two innings, when in the top of the third, Millersville exploded for three runs.
The Marauders led off the inning with a single, followed by a two-run home run from the bat of Dan Neff. After a double and a wild pitch, Millersville plated another run on a single to right field, giving MU a 3-0 lead.
In the fourth, WSSU got a leadoff walk from Brandon Fowler, followed by a single to center from Ivan Acuna. Nate Steger would reach on a fielder's choice, but Fowler would be tagged out at third. Connor Bodenhamer would bring home Ivan Acuna to give the Rams their first run.
Millersville answered in the fifth, scoring one run on one hit, to push their lead to 4-1.
Winston-Salem State would add a run in the eighth, after Ivan Acuna singled and advanced to third on a Connor Bodenhamer double to left center. Acuna would score on a Michael McNamara sacrifice fly, cutting the lead down to 4-2.
The Rams would not be able to muster another run, and would fall to Millersville, 4-2.
Kanoa Hironaka took the loss for WSSU, going 4.0 innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs. He also struck out one and walked one. Marcus McKoy pitched an inning, allowing one run, one hit, with two walks and two strikeouts. Corbin Easter pitched 1.1 innings, giving up two hits, while walking two and striking out two. Tyler Scearce pitched 1.2 innings, allowing just one hit, and striking out two. And Devin McLemore pitched a perfect final inning.
Winston-Salem State will host the Lions Bears of Mars Hill University for a three game series starting with a double header on Saturday at 1:00 and 4:00pm at BB&T Ballpark in downtown Winston-Salem.
The WSSU offense was led by Connor Bodenhamer who went 2 for 4 on the day with one run batted in. Ivan Acuna finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored, and Randy Norris went 2 for 4. Rashad Webster went 1 for 4, and Michael McNamara picked up a run batted in on a sacrifice fly.