WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Winston-Salem State split a double header with Anderson University on Friday afternoon, winning game one 3-0, before dropping game two, 4-3, at game played at Finch Field in Thomasville, NC.
With the win, WSSU improves to 26-13, while Anderson is at 13-29 on the season.
In game one, in the bottom of the seventh, Ivan Acuna doubled, following by a bunt single from Emilio Abreu. Randal Ortiz reached on a bunt single, scoring Acuna, and Trevor Poole singled to center, allowing Abreu to reach the plate to give WSSU a 2-0 lead.
Randy Norris went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a run batted in, and Randal Ortiz went 2 for 3 with a run batted in. Trevor Poole also went 2 for 3 with a run batted in. Ivan Acuna finished 1 for 2 with a run scored and Emilio Abreu went 1 for 4 with a run scored. Norris also had a home run and Acuna had a double.
In game two, Anderson got on the board early, when Tyler Miller led off game two with a solo home run. The Trojans added one run each in the third, fourth and fifth innings, before Winston-Salem State answered with a two run home run from Ivan Acuna in the bottom of the fifth.
The ball game would come down to the Rams final at-bat, and Brandon Ford hit a solo home run to pull the Rams to within one, at 4-3. After a pitching change, Ivan Acuna one a 3-2 count hit a laser to right field, that would come up just short of a home run, hitting the bottom of the fence. The Rams could not push across the winning run and fell, 4-3.
Ivan Acuna led the Rams, going 2 for 4 with a run scored and two runs batted in. and Brandon Ford went one for 4 with a run scored and a run batted in. Emilio Abreu finished 2 for 4. Landon Steiner went one for two, and Randal Ortiz and Michael McNamara went one for three. Randy Norris also scored a run. Brandon Ford and Ivan Acuna each hit home runs.
The two teams will finish the series tomorrow at 1:00pm at Finch Field with a nine inning contest.