WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (4-0) played some lockdown defense in the final innings to claim a 4-3 win over the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals (0-1), Wednesday afternoon. After allowing the Cardinals to take an early lead, the Rams played some stellar defense late to pull away with the win.
In addition to a solid defensive, effort, the Rams also had some strong efforts at the plate to claim the win. WSSU senior second base Nick Williams led the way for the Rams with a two-for-three batting performance with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI. Sophomore first base Luke Spiva added a two-for-four batting performance with a double and a run scored. Freshman Nick Ward added two-for-four batting effort with an RBI.
The Rams fell behind early, but the team came to life midway through the game to pull away with the win. After allowing a first inning run to the Cardinals, the Rams answered with a pair of first inning runs of their own when Williams hit an RBI double that was followed by a double from freshman Hunter Phillips to give the Rams a 2-1 lead. The Rams allowed two more runs to the Cardinals to fall behind 3-2, but the team tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning on a Ward RBI double. In the fifth inning, junior catcher Shannon Glover scored on a Cardinal passed ball to give the Rams the go-ahead run and left the team on top, 4-3. From there, both teams turned to their defense to claim the win as neither team scored again.
Redshirt-sophomore Eli Boles (1-0) got the pitching win for the Rams as he went 6.1 innings with no runs allowed on four hits with nine strikeouts. Freshman Leyton Helms got the start and went 2.2 innings with three runs allowed (three earned) with five strikeouts and just three walks.
With the win, the Rams improve to 4-0. The team will return to action, Saturday, when they host the Davis & Elkins Senators in a Saturday 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.