After not having baseball for nearly 40 years, Winston-Salem State(30-19) wins CIAA Tourney in the Rams’ first year back

The WSSU Rams have not had a baseball team for nearly 40 years, going back to 1973, and in the Ram’s first year back with baseball, they have won the CIAA Tournament and the Rams are on their way to the NCAA DII playoffs…..


Winston-Salem State defeated St. Augustine’s twice Saturday, 7-6 and 3-0, to win the CIAA tournament championship and secure an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II playoffs.

WSSU (30-19) had to win the first game to force the second in the double-elimination tournament after losing 3-2 to St. Aug’s in Thursday’s opener.

The Rams took a 7-2 lead in the first game, then survived a four-run rally by the Falcons (36-18).

Reliever John Markley struck out Kevin White with the tying run on third and the winning run on second to end the game, and Andrew Smith went 3 for 5.

In the second game, Markley (5-3) pitched seven shutout innings, and Brice Rivenbark pitched the last two for his second save of the year. Markley allowed three hits, struck out four and walked three.

The Rams scored all three runs in the first. Andrew Miller singled in Michael Robbins and Tyler Hickernell(Wesleyan Academy/GTCC) for a 2-0 lead, then scored on a fielder’s choice by Smith.

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