WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (16-10) could not quite overcome some fielding miscues and some hitting struggles when the team took an 8-3 loss to the Queens (N.C.) Royals (7-18), Wednesday evening. The Rams were able to score three runs, but the team committed six fielding errors that proved costly in the loss.
As a team, the Rams struggled to get their offense going. The team totaled six hits in the game, but were able to get just three runs across the plate. WSSU senior Nick Williams led the way for the Rams as he went three-for-four at the plate with a two doubles and two RBI. Redshirt-sophomore E.P. Reese went two-for-four with a run scored and an RBI.
After a slow start, the Rams came back to tie the game, but a late breakout by the Royals put the game out of reach. Things looked tough for the Rams early as the team allowed three unanswered runs to the Royals in the first three innings before a Williams RBI double in the fourth inning broke the scoring seal for the Rams. The team tied the game in the fifth inning when Reese drew an RBI bases-loaded walk that was followed by Williams being hit by a pitch that drove in the run that tied the game, 3-3. Unfortunately, the Rams allowed two sixth inning runs and two seventh inning runs along with a ninth inning run that sealed the 8-3 loss for the Rams.
WSSU freshman Connor Garcia (0-1) took the pitching loss for the Rams. He came in for an inning and he allowed two runs (two earned) on two hits. Sophomore Jalen Scott started the game and went four innings. He finished the game with three runs allowed (two earned) with three strikeouts. Two more WSSU pitchers came in for an inning each.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 16-10. The team will return to action, Saturday when the team heads to Asheboro, N.C. to take on the Bluefield State Blues at McCrary 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.