April 21, 2011
PETERSBURG, VA - The Winston-Salem State Rams baseball team broke out in a big way for a 15-6 win over the host Virginia State Trojans, Thursday afternoon at the 2011 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Baseball Championship Tournament. After falling into an early 5-1 deficit through the first four innings of play, the Rams outscored the Trojans 14-1 over the final five innings of the game. With the win, the Rams remain in the hunt for the CIAA title.
The game was an offensive showdown as the Rams and Trojans combined for 27 hits in the game. The Rams took the better end of the effort with 16 hits and took advantage of three VSU fielding errors. Sophomore hitter Tyler Hickernell notched four hits in six at-bats with three RBI and two runs scored. Three more WSSU players recorded two hits each as well.
Though the Rams broke onto the scoreboard in the third inning with a Hickernell RBI double, things really picked up in the fifth inning when the team broke out for five runs. It was Hickernell once again who hit a two-RBI double, followed by an RBI double by freshman infielder Andrew Miller. Sophomore infielder German Reyes added another two-RBI double to put the Rams in the 6-5 lead. With the lead in hand, the Rams continued to pour it on as the team scored six runs in the sixth inning and added three more in the seventh inning.
With the win, the Rams stay alive after a loss to the Saint Augustine's Falcons earlier in the day. The Rams will go on to face the loser of the Saint Augustine's Chowan game at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. 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.