PEMBROKE, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (16-10) had a solid hitting effort, but the team fell short in a 15-6 loss to the UNC Pembroke Braves (17-5), Saturday afternoon. The Rams gave a solid hitting effort, but the team could keep up with the Braves in the tough loss.
The Rams took the loss in spite of a strong overall effort in the game. The Rams totaled 13 hits in the game, but were only able to turn them into six runs in the loss. WSSU senior right fielder Brandon Ford went four-for-five at the plate with three doubles, two runs scored, and an RBI. Freshman short stop Wellington Guzman went two-for-four with a pair of doubles.
The Rams got off to a hot start in the game, but the team cooled off as a late rally by the Braves cost the team in the loss. The Rams scored a run in the first, second, and third innings to take a 3-1 lead over the Braves. Unfortunately, the Braves answered with three fourth inning runs to leave WSSU trailing, 4-3. The Rams answered with a pair of fifth inning runs to regain the lead 5-4. The Rams allowed two more runs to the Braves in the bottom of the fifth inning to leave the Rams trailing, 6-5, but the team answered in the sixth inning when senior Emilio Abreu added an RBI ground out to score senior outfielder John Garcia to tie the game, 6-6. From there, the Rams went cold as the team allowed the Braves to score nine unanswered runs to seal the 15-6 loss.
WSSU freshman Tyrese Hearst (3-1) took the pitching loss. He went two innings with four runs allowed, four earned on four hits. Redshirt-freshman Jalen Scott got the start and went 4.1 innings with six runs allowed, six earned on eight hits with a strikeout.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 16-10 on the season. The Rams will return to action, Wednesday when the team heads to Tusculum for a road doubleheader. 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.