ASHEBORO, NC – For the second straight day, Winston-Salem State and Chowan battled to a one game apiece split, with WSSU taking game one, 6-0, and Chowan winning game two, 7-6.
With the split, WSSU moves to 12-13 overall and 2-2 in the CIAA, while Chowan moves to 8-14 overall, and 2-2 in the CIAA.
Brandon Fowler and Nathan Steger each picked up a run batted in the in the fifth inning, as Rashad Webster and Fowler would each cross home plate to move the Rams to a 5-0 lead.
Ivan Acuna shut the door in the sixth inning with a solo home run blast to left field to WSSU the final 6-0 contest.
Devin McLemore picked up the win for WSSU, throwing a complete game shutout. McLemore went 7.0 innings, allowing just five runs, while striking out a season high 10 batters.
Nathan Steger led the Rams at the plate, going 2 for 3 with three runs batted in and a double, while Brandon Fowler went 2 for 3 with two runs batted in, two runs scored and a double. Ivan Acuna also finished 2 for 3, with a home run, one run batted in and one run scored.Michael McNamara went 1 for 3, and Rashad Webster went 1 for 2 with two runs scored. Jason Baytop scored twice and had a stolen base.
In game two, the Rams jumped out early on the Chowan Hawks with a run batted in off the bat of Nathan Steger, scoring Brandon Fowler to give WSSU the early 1-0 in the first.
Winston-Salem State picked up another urn in the second, when Corey Shelton brought home Ivan Acuna to give the Rams a 2-0 lead.
The Hawks plated four runs in the fourth using a homerun, a wild pitch by the Rams, and a Winston-Salem State error, to give Chowan their first lead, at 4-2.
Landon Steiner singled to lead off the bottom half of the fourth, and worked his way around the base paths, and would score on a Corey Shelton hit, misplayed for an error by the Hawks second baseman, to pull the Ram to within one at 4-3.
Chowan kept the pressure on by answering with a run in the top of the fifth to move ahead, 5-3.
Jason Baytop led off the fifth with a single up the middle, and then advanced to third on Brandon Fowler's single to right. Nathan Steger singled to left field, scoring Baytop, to once again pull the Rams to within one, at 5-4.
The Hawks put up another run in the sixth inning, off of two hits, to move out in front, 6-4.
The WSSU Rams would explode for two runs in the bottom of the sixth, beginning the inning with a walk to Emilio Abreu. Rashad Webster would single to left and they both would advance on a wild pitch. Willie McRae would ground out, scoring Abreu, and Jason Baytop would single scoring Webster to tie the game at 6-6 heading into the seventh inning.
But WSSU's Jordan Cummings would hit the first batter and after a groundout, a single put runners in prime scoring position. A sacrifice fly would score the winning run for Chowan, by putting them up 7-6.
Landon Steiner would single to lead off the bottom of the seventh, and a pinch runner would be brought in. The Rams could not get the timely hit, and the run never threatened to score, and the Chowan Hawks came away with the 7-6 win.
Jordan Cummings took the loss for the Rams, going the final 2.2 innings, giving up two runs on three hits, with three strikeouts. Orlando Cannon got the start, and went 3.0 innings, allowing two runs. Tyler Scearce went 1.1 innings, allowing three runs, on three hits, with three walks and three strikeouts.
Nathan Steger finished 1 for 4 with two runs batted in, and Jason Baytop went 2 for 4 with one run batted in, one run scored and one stolen base. Brandon Fowler went 2 for 3 with a run scored, and a triple and Landon Steiner and Rashad Webster each finished 2 for 4 with a run scored. Ivan Acuna went 1 for 3 with a run scored, and Emilio Abreu also scored a run. Willie McRae picked up a run batted in.
Winston-Salem State will return to action on Wednesday, March 16th, when the Rams host Pfeiffer University at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00pm.