FRANKLIN SPRINGS, GA – The Winston-Salem State Rams (27-13) claimed a 4-3 road win over the Emmanuel (Ga.) Lions (23-24), Saturday afternoon. The Rams showed some tremendous heart to claim the win after taking a tie late into the game.
The Rams had to rally late to take the win, but the team had some solid offensive performances to claim the win. AS a team, the Rams totaled six hits in the game. WSSU sophomore Saunders Joplin led the way for the Rams with a two-for-three batting performance with a run scored. Senior short stop Nick Williams added a pair of RBI and he hit his second home run in two days.
The game was a close for all eight innings. It was the Rams who struck first when junior left fielder Cole Parks hit an RBI single to score redshirt-sophomore center fielder E.P. Reese in the fourth inning. The Rams fell behind when they allowed a pair of runs to the Lions in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the team bounced back when Williams hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to give the Rams a 3-2 lead. The Lions would tie the game, 3-3 in the sixth inning, but the Rams sealed the win when Reese forced a Lions fielding error that allowed Joplin to score the game-winning run. From there, the Rams went on defense to close out the win.
WSSU redshirt-freshman Chase Moore got credited for the win as he came in for 1.2 innings. He finished the game with no runs allowed on only one hit with four strikeouts. Redshirt sophomore Jalen Scott started the game and he went 5.1 innings. He allowed three runs (three earned) on six hits with three strikeouts.
With the win, the Rams improve to 27-13. The two teams would go on to complete the doubleheader later in the day. 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.