WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (18-12) rallied late to take a 7-5 win over the Piedmont International Bruins (2-27), Thursday. After falling into a 5-1 deficit, the Rams rallied with six unanswered runs to claim their win and local bragging rights.
The Rams took the win behind a solid performance in every area of the game. The Rams needed just six hits to claim the win. WSSU freshman Jaxon Snider led the way for the Rams with a two-for-two batting effort with two runs scored and an RBI. Sophomore Keegan Mahaffey went one-for-two with an RBI.
Defense was the name of the game early for both teams, but the Rams and Bruins both got into the scoring groove later in the game. The Rams fell behind early, allowing a second and fourth inning run to the Bruins before a Bruin fielding error allowed Snider to score. The Rams allowed three more runs to the Bruins in the sixth inning to fall behind, 5-1. The Rams responded in a big way, scoring on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch, a sacrifice fly, and a wild pitch. The effort cut the Rams' deficit down to one run, 5-4. The Rams added two more seventh inning runs before an eighth inning run wrapped up the scoring in the game.
WSSU junior Rashad Stewart took the pitching win with 2.1 innings. He finished the game with no runs allowed on no hits with a strikeout. Freshman Peyton Bennett got the start and went four innings with two runs allowed on six hits with a strikeout.
The Rams and the Bruins will meet once again tomorrow with a 6:00 p.m. first pitch. For more information on Rams baseball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.