MILLEDGEVILLE, GA – The Winston-Salem State Rams (30-18) gave a great effort with a late rally, but the team could not pull out the upset in a 10-6 loss to the #8 Georgia College Bobcats (37-10), Friday afternoon. The Rams gave a valiant effort, even taking a 6-2 late lead, but the team allowed eight runs in the final three innings of the game to take the hard-fought loss.
The Rams gave a great effort in the game. As a team, the Rams totaled 12 hits in the game and brought six runs across the plate in the game. WSSU junior second base Rashad Stewart led the way for the Rams. He went two-for-four at the plate with two runs scored, a double, and an RBI. Freshman short stop Wellington Guzman went two-for-four with an RBI as well. Sophomore catcher Cole Parks added a home run.
The game was a thrilling one with some early defense along with some late offense telling the story of the game. Early on, the game belonged to the Bobcats after the Rams allowed a pair of third-inning runs. WSSU answered in a big way with a fifth inning run and five sixth inning runs. WSSU senior center fielder Randy Norris got things started when he hit an RBI single to score Stewart in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, the Rams really broke out when Cole hit a three-run home run to give the team its first lead, 4-2. The Rams added another run when Stewart hit an RBI single to score freshman Luke Spiva. The hit was followed by an RBI single from Guzman to score Stewart for the second time of the game and put WSSU on top, 6-2. Unfortunately, this marked the end of the Rams' scoring while the team allowed the Bobcats to score three seventh inning runs to score three seventh inning runs to cut the WSSU lead down to one run, 6-5 and then the Rams allowed five eighth inning runs to leave the final score, 10-6.
WSSU freshman Tomas Goco (2-1) took the pitching loss for the Rams. He came in during the seventh inning and allowed four runs (four earned) on four hits with a strikeout. Senior Seth Reeves got the pitching start and went six innings with five runs allowed (five earned) on 11 hits with five strikeouts. Junior Josh Larson came in for an inning with one run allowed (one earned) on two hits allowed.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 30-18. The Rams and the #8 Bobcats will meet again tomorrow afternoon in a 2:00 p.m. game. 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.