MURFREESBORO, NC – Winston-Salem State opened the CIAA portion of the schedule with two road wins on Sunday, as the Rams took 7-3 and 3-0 games from Chowan University.
In game one, the WSSU Rams opened the scoring when they scored three runs on two hits with the help of two Chowan errors in the third inning.
Randy Norris singled through the left side, and Brandon Ford reached on a filer's choice sac bunt, advancing Norris. Trevor Poole would reach on a throwing error on to the pitcher, executing a sacrifice bunt, and then Poole took second, advancing Ford to third, and allowing Norris to score. Brandon Ford would later score on a wild pitch, and Poole would score when Randal Ortiz singled up the middle.
The Rams picked up a run in the fourth inning, after a John Garcia double to left field to lead off the inning. Brandon Ford singled to right center, advancing Garcia to third base. Trevor Poole reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Garcia.
Chowan answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth, scoring the run on two hits and one WSSU error.
WSSU scored twice in sixth inning, on three hits and one Chowan error.
John Garcia opened the inning with a bunt single, and was immediately advanced to second on a ground out sac bunt from Randy Norris. Brandon Ford singled to right advancing Garcia to third base. After Ford stole second, Matt Mauldin hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Garcia. Ford would score when Emilio Abreu singled.
The Hawks would close the gap some in the bottom of the sixth inning when they scored twice on two hits and a Ram error.
WSSU got an insurance run in the top of the seventh, when Landon Steiner homered to left field, to give the Rams the final score of 7-3.
With the win, WSSU improves to 11-11 overall and 0-1 in the CIAA, and Chowan falls to 9-16 overall and 0-1 in the CIAA.
Brandon Ford was the man with the hot bat, going 3 for 3 with two runs scored, while John Garcia also finished 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Landon Steiner went 1 for 4 with a run scored and a run batted in. Randy Norris went 1 for 4 with a run scored, and Randal Ortiz went 1 for 4 with a run batted in. Emilio Abreu and Ivan Acuna each went 1 for 3, but Abreu also picked up a run batted in. Trevor Poole went hitless, but scored a run, and Michael McNamara went 0 for 4.
Kanoa Hironaka pitched a complete game, allowing eight hits and two earned runs, while walking one and striking out six Hawk batters.
In game two, Winston-Salem State scored two runs early and rode the arm of Seth Reeves to a 3-0 shutout win over Chowan on the road.
With the win, WSSU improves to 12-11 overall and 2-0 in the CIAA, while Chowan falls to 9-17 overall and 0-2 in the CIAA.
Winston-Salem State got on the scoreboard early, as they were able to plate two runs in the first inning, to jump out to a 2-0 advantage.
WSSU's Seth Reeves (Jr, LHP, 6-1, 205, Grays Creek, NC / Grays Creek HS), pitched a brilliant game, going the distance allowing three hits and one walk, while striking out seven.
Randy Norris singled to open the game, and advanced to second on a fielding error by the right fielder and ended up on third base. Brandon Ford tripled to right field, scoring Norris. After an out, Emilio Abreu singled to center field, allowing Ford to score.
Brandon Ford led the way for WSSU at the plate in game two, finishing 2 for 3 with a run scored and one run batted in, and Emilio Abreu also finished finishing 2 for 3 with a run scored and one run batted in, Randy
Norris went 1 for 4 with a run scored, and Landon Steiner went 1 for 2 with a run batted in. Randal Ortiz and Michael McNamara each went 1 for 3 in the contest. John Garcia went one for two on the afternoon.