GREENVILLE, TN – The Winston-Salem State Rams (16-11) gave a great effort, but the team fell just short in a 4-3 eight-inning road loss to the Tusculum Pioneers (13-14), Thursday afternoon. After falling behind early, the Rams rallied to take the seven-inning game into the eighth inning, but the team could not pull out the win.
Strong defense turned out to be the order of the day with both teams making runs hard to score all game long. As a team, the Rams totaled seven hits in the game. Junior centerfielder Randy Norris and senior designated hitter John Garcia both went two-for-four on the day to lead the way for the Rams. Garcia had a home run with two runs scored and an RBI while Norris scored once as well.
The Rams ran into some early struggles, but rallied in a big way. The team allowed three second-inning runs to the Pioneers, the Rams struck back in the third inning when senior right fielder Brandon Ford hit an RBI sacrifice bunt groundout to score Norris. Sophomore Cole Parks added an RBI single to score Garcia and pulled the Rams to within a run, 3-2. The Rams tied the game in the fifth inning when Garcia hit a solo home run to tie the game, 3-3. However, the Pioneers would seal the game in the eighth inning with a walk-off RBI double that ended the game.
WSSU junior Kyle Taylor (1-1) took the pitching loss. He went 0.2 innings with one run allowed, one earned on two hits and a strikeout. Senior Seth Reeves got the start and went seven innings for the Rams He finished the game with three runs allowed, two earned, with a walk and six strikeouts.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 16-11. The two teams would go on to complete the doubleheader later in the day. 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.