WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (10-6) brought a strong offensive effort, but the team could not quite keep up with the Barton Bulldogs (15-8) in a 9-5 loss, Tuesday evening. The Rams' bats came alive in the game, but the team could not get the runs they needed in the hard-fought loss.
As a team, the Rams broke out of a brief hitting slump with some strong performances at the plate. The Rams totaled 10 hits in the game, but they allowed the Bulldogs to match those hits with 10 hits of their own. WSSU freshman 2B/3B led the way for the Rams with a two-for-three batting effort with a double. Redshirt-sophomore centerfielder E.P. Reese added a one-for-four batting effort with two runs scored and two RBI.
The Rams scattered their scoring throughout the game, but the team struggled to shake out of an early jam that proved costly in the tough loss. WSSU struck first when Reese scored on a double steal from the Rams in the first inning. The Rams allowed a pair of Barton runs in the second inning and four third inning runs to fall behind 6-1. Parks hit an RBI single that scored Reese for a second time in the game. Reese added a two-RBI single in the fourth inning while freshman Nick Tiller hit an RBI single to score sophomore first base Luke Spiva. The effort left the Rams behind by just one run, 6-5 heading into the sixth inning. However, the Rams would allow a sixth inning run and two eighth inning runs to leave the final score, 9-5.
WSSU redshirt-sophomore Eli Boles (1-2) took the pitching loss. He started the game and went two innings. He allowed six runs (five earned) with two strikeouts. Sophomore Tyrese Hearst threw six innings for the Rams. He finished with three runs allowed (two earned) on three hits with two strikeouts. Freshman Layton Helms came in for an inning. He had a strikeout with no runs on no hits.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 10-6 on the season. The team will return to action this weekend when they head to Asheboro, N.C. To take on the Indiana (Pa.) Crimson Hawks at McClary Park. 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.