WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- The Winston-Salem State University Rams scored four runs in the 10 inning to secure a 15-11 baseball win over Chowan University in game that resumed play on Monday after rain suspended it on Sunday.
Winstyon-Salem State (22-8, 8-1 CIAA) took two of three games from the Hawks over the cold and raining weekend that lasted four days. The Chowan Hawks fell to 12-21 overall, and 4-5 in the CIAA.
WSSU's Tyler Hickernell was a monster, going four for six with two runs scored and six runs batted in the win for the Rams while Aaron Jones finihsed four for five with four runs scored and two rbi's. Levin Grassely finished three for six with three runs scored and also had two rbi's. Paco Martin picked up a rbi, and went two for five with two runs scored, and German Reyes went one for five with one run scored and a rbi. Conner Andrus picked up a rbi as well in the extra inning win.
Hickernell hit his sixth home run of the season and also had two doubles (12 on season), while Aaron Jones (10 doubles on season) and Levi Grassley (12 on season) each picked up two doubles. Rafael Gonzalez also had a double for the Rams. Travis Moore (24), Paco Martin (12), Conner Andrus (3) and Brandon Harrison (12) ach had a stolen base for the Rams.
Seth Mahaffey pitched 1.1 innings and picked up the win for the WSSU Rams, while the Hawks' Jeff Vera took the loss for Chowan University.
Monday's continuation of Sunday's game picked up where it left on Sunday, in the top of the sixth with a runner on first and two outs. The Rams extended their 6-5 lead by scoring two runs off an RBI single and a Hawk error to pull ahead 8-5.
WSSU would plate three more runs in top of the eighth inning to take a commanding 11-6 lead heading into the ninth inning, but Chowan rallied with five runs on six hits to tie the game, sending it to extra innings.
In the tenth inning, Aaron Jones walked and Levi Grassley doubled, followed by a 3-run home run off the bat of Tyler Hickernell. Rafael Gonzalez doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch giving the Rams the 15-11 win.