Sunday, March 31, 2013

WSSU gives the SAU Falcons their first conference loss and takes control of the CIAA

RALEIGH, North Carolina  --  Winston-Salem State used a big fourth and sixth inning to come from behind to defeat the Saint Augustine's University Falcons, 7-4 in the first game of a double header played in Raleigh, NC.

With the win, the WSSU Rams improve to 24-8 and 9-1 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Saint Augustine's falls to 22-11, 9-1 in the CIAA.
St. Augustine's jumped out on the Rams in the third inning, scoring three runs on four hits, including three doubles in the inning.
But Winston-Salem State would battle back in the fourth inning, starting with Tyler Hickernell getting hit by a pitch. Rafael Gonzalez would double home Hickernell to get the Rams on the board.
After a Brandon Harrison walk, Travis Moore would triple home Gonzalez and Harrison to pull the Rams even at 3-3. Paco Martin would single home Moore to give WSSU a 4-3 lead.
The Falcons would continue to stay close, as they would plate another run in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game at 4-4.
The WSSU Rams would break the game open in the sixth inning, when they scored three runs on three hits and helped out with two errors by St. Augustine's. Rafael Gonzalez reached on an error, and Conner Andrus would sacrifice him over to second with a groundout bunt. Brandon Harrison doubled, scoring Gonzalez. Travis Moore singled putting runners on the corners with one out. Paco Martin would pick up an rbi with a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Harrison. Moore would steal second and German Reyes would single him home to give the Rams a 7-4 lead.
Michael Dry (2-2) picked up the win for WSSU pitching three scoreless innings, and Seth Mahaffey picked up the save pitching a scoreless seventh inning.
Travis Moore finished the game going two for four with two runs scored and two runs batted in. Paco Martin went two for three with two rbi's, and German Reyes and Rafael Gonzalez each went one for four with a rbi, with Gonzalez also scoring two runs. Brandon Harrison went one for two with two runs scored and an rbi. Martin, Gonzalez and Harrison each had doubles, with Moore picking up a triple.
WSSU Rams Shut Down SAU Falcons 3-1
RALEIGH, North Carolina --   Winston-Salem State scored two runs in the first inning, and held on for a 3-1 win over the Saint Augustine's University Falcons in the second game of a double header played in Raleigh, NC.
With the win, the WSSU Rams improve to 25-8 and 10-1 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Saint Augustine's falls to 22-12, 9-2 in the CIAA.
Travis Moore walked to start the game and quickly stole second. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, German Reyes would triple home Moore. Aaron Jones would single home Reyes in the next at bat to give the Rams the early 2-0 advantage.
The Saint Augustine's University Falcons would come right back with a run of their own on a single and double, to pull within one.
But that one run advantage would be all the Rams would need, as both teams were shut down with solid pitching and timely defense throughout the middle innings.
Winston-Salem State would ice the game in the seventh inning on a Brandon Harrison solo home run to left field.
Brandon Harrison finished one for two with one home run and one rbi, while German Reyes finished one for three with one run scored and a run batted in. Aaron jones went one for three with one rbi.
Jordan Carlton (4-0) picked up the win for the Rams, scattering five hits and just one run, while striking out three. John Markley came on in relief and pitched 3.2 innings giving up just two hits with three strikeouts. Seth Mahaffey came on to record the final out and picked up the save with a strikeout.
The WSSU Rams will go for the three game sweep of the Saint Augustine's Falcons tomorrow, with a nine inning game scheduled for 3:00 PM.

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