Congrats to the WSSU Rams and a lot of local young men leading them to their second straight CIAA Tournament Title….from the WSSU Athletics web site…..
Rams Take 6-1 Win Over Chowan to Win Back-to-Back CIAA Championships
Wiston-Salem State 6
WP:Scott Wells(Greensboro Day School/Northern Guilford)
Winston-Salem State (34-17)
Winston-Salem State Batting
2B: Aaron Jones(Gospel Light/Grimsley); Devin McLemore(Westchester); Dominique Fitzgerald
PETERSBURG, VA- The Winston-Salem State University Rams (34-17) earned their second consecutive CIAA Baseball Championship with a 6-1 victory over Chowan University Saturday afternoon at Whaley Colbert Field. The Rams took the win behind some stellar defensive play, along with some quality offensive efforts.
WSSU shortstop Paco Martin was an immovable force defensively on Saturday and was named the MVP of the 2012 Championship. He turned in 10 ground ball assists and was 2-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored. His RBI single in the bottom of the third inning got the Rams on the board gave the Rams the first run of the game. Then, an RBI ground rule double by Aaron Jones(Gospel Light/Grimsley HS) scored Martin and WSSU (34-17) went up 2-0. In the bottom of the fourth an RBI single by Michael Robbins scored Devin McLemore(Westchester Country Day) to give the Rams a 3-0 advantage.
The Hawks (26-23) finally got on the board in the top of the seventh inning. After being held to just two hits over the first six innings, Chowan collected three in their half of the inning. Ryan Moore led off the inning with a double and was driven in on a single by Dallas Perdue.
After the Rams loaded the bases in their half of the eighth, any glimmer of a Hawk comeback were quickly dimmed when Dominique Fitzgerald cleared the bases with a standup double for final point spread (6-1).
WSSU senior Wesley Edwards, who entered the game in the seventh inning for starting pitcher Scott Wells, faced eight batters to earn the save.
The 2012 CIAA Baseball All Tournament Team
Travis Moore – Designated Hitter (Winston-Salem State)/(Dudley HS)
Tyler Hickernell- Pitcher (Winston-Salem State)/(Wesleyan)