WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Winston-Salem State Rams and University of Charleston Golden Eagles split a double header for the second day in a row at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem, with UC taking game one, 13-8, and the WSSU Rams bouncing back in game two, 7-2, with the win.
With the split, WSSU moves to 6-9 overall, while the Charleston Golden Eagles move to 2-4 on the season.
In game one, The WSSU defense had a shaky start, with five first inning errors, that led to seven Charleston runs, as the Rams fell behind big early.
WSSU would get one back in the bottom of the first, but Charleston answered with three more runs in the second to blow the game open.
The Rams began chipping away with one run in the second and third innings, and two in the fourth, but the Golden Eagles answered each time the Rams got close and ended up with a 13-8 win in the first game of the double header.
Landon Steiner led the Rams at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two runs scored and a run batted in. Steiner also homered and hit a triple. Michael McNamara finished 2 for 2 with two runs batted in. Jason Baytop, Willie McRae, Ivan Acuna, Philip Page and Brandon Fowler each had one hit, while Acuna and Page had two RBI's each.
WSSU used five pitchers in the contest, with Kanoa Hironaka getting the loss. Hironaka lasted just 0.2 innings, allowing seven runs, but just two earned. Garrison Roy also went 0.2 innings, allowing two runs. Hayden O'Neal went 2.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits. Tyler Scearce went 2.2 innings, allowing three runs. Jordan Cummings went 1.2 innings with three strikeouts, and Austin Cole pitched a perfect final inning.
In game two, WSSU struck first in the first inning, when Jason Baytop was hit by a pitch in the first inning, then promptly stole second base. When would be brought home on a sacrifice fly to left field from the bat of Brandon Fowler, to give the Rams an early 1-0 lead.
The Rams would add another in the second inning, when Landon Steiner led off with a single and was moved over to second on a sac bunt from Ivan Acuna. After advancing to third on a throwing error from the pitcher, Steiner would score on another pitching error to give WSSU a 2-0 advantage.
The Charleston Golden Eagles would tie the game with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
Winston-Salem State University would load the bases in the bottom of the sixth, and Michael McNamara would score on a fielder's choice, before Jason Baytop would strike the big blow – a grand slam, to break the game wide open and give the Rams the 7-2 win in the nightcap.
Jason Baytop went 1 for 1 with two runs scored, four runs batted in and two walks for the Rams. Landon Steiner went 1 for 3 with a run scored and Michael McNamara finished 1 for 2 with a run scored. Willie McRae went 1 for 3 with a run scored. Brandon Fowler and Emilio Abreau each picked up a rbi.
Devin McLemore got the win, pitching a brilliant complete game, scattering six hits and two runs while striking out a season high nine Golden Eagle batters.
The WSSU Rams will return to the diamond on Tuesday, when they will host the Bulldogs of Wingate University, with first pitch scheduled for 6:00pm at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem.