WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Winston-Salem State took an early lead, but could not hold off the Pfeiffer University Falcons, and would fall 8-4 Wednesday night at BB&T Ballpark.
With the loss, WSSU falls to 12-14 overall, Pfeiffer moves to 9-17 on the season.
WSSU jumped out in front early, using the big bat of Rashad Webster in the second inning, as he would hit a massive two-run home run, bringing home Ivan Acuna, to give the Rams the early 2-0 advantage.
Pfeiffer answered in the third inning with four big runs, on two hits, helped out by two hit batters in the inning, to take a 4-2 lead. The Falcons would add another single run in the top of the fifth inning, to push their lead to 5-2.
The Rams would make a game of it in the bottom of the sixth inning, as a Michael McNamara single to left field scored Landon Steiner, and an Emilio Abreu single to right field scored Ivan Acuna, to pull the Rams to within one, at 5-4.
The Falcons would put the game out of reach in the ninth inning, adding three runs on five hits to go out in front 8-4.
WSSU would not threaten in the bottom of the ninth, and would come away on the short end of a 8-4 decision.
WSSU used seven pitchers on the night, with Justin Norton taking the loss. Norton pitched 3.0 innings, allowing five runs on five hits with one walk and one strikeout. Nathan Steger got the start, and pitched two scoreless innings, giving up three hits while striking out two. Austin Cole pitched 1.0 inning, walking two batters, while Sam Burton pitched an inning, allowing two hits, and striking out one. Kanoa Hironaka, went 1.0 innings, striking out one and giving up one hit. Marcus McKoy went 0.0 innings, giving up three runs on four hits, and Corbin Easter pitched one inning, allowing one hit.
Nathan Steger finished going 3 for 4, while Landon Steiner went 2 for 4. Rashad Webster went 1 for 3 with a run scored and two runs batted in, including a home run. Ivan Acuna finished 1 for 3 with two runs scored, while Michael McNamara went 1 for 2 with a run batted in and Emilio Abreu went 1 for 4 with one run batted in.
Winston-Salem State will return to action on this weekend in Lincoln, Pa., as the Rams take on The Lincoln University Lions in a four game conference series.