JAMESTOWN, NY – In the first game of the day on Sunday, The WSSU Rams outlasted the Shippensburg Raiders 9-8, to moved into the Regional semi finals against Mercyhurst.
Randy Norris(Dudley HS) had the big day, going two for five with a run scored and five runs batted in, while Ivan Acuna went three for four with three runs scored, and Emilio Abreu went two for three with a run batted in. Landon Steiner wrent one for four with two runs scored, and Matt Mauldin and Michael McNamara each went one for three with McNamara also picking up a run batted in.
Shippensburg jumped on the Rams quickly, scoring three first inning runs to put eh Rams on their heels.
The Raiders added another run in the second to jump out in front 4-0, before the Rmas could answer.
WSSU answered with a run in the second inning, when Randal Ortiz reahced on a fielder’s choice and throwing error and Ivan Acuna would score.
Shippensburg would homer in the fourth to go out in front 5-1 before th Rams pulled it together and took the lead.
In the fourth, Emilio Abreu singled to center scoring Ivqan Acuna, and then Matt Mauldin bunt singled and Landon Steiner scored. Teh big blow come off the bat of Randy Norris who homered to the deepaest part if the filed in center, scoring three runs to put the Rams out in front for good, 6-5.
After loading the bases in the eighth, Michael McNamara would be hit by a pitch, scoring a run, and Randy Norris would go to work once again, this time with a single to right center scoirng two more runs to give the Rams a confortable 9-5 lead.
The Raiders answered with three runs in the ninth to make the socre close, but the Rams would come away with the win, 9-8.
Marcus Mckoy picked up the win, while Landon Steiner got the save.
In the second game of the day, after a four hour rain delay, the WSSU Rams wasted no time in jumping on the Mercyhurst Lakers, when in th third inning Ivan Acuna reached on a throwing error by the third baseman, allowing John Garcia to come home. Emilio Abreu singled through the left side scoring Acuna, and Landon Steiner doubled to left center scoring Abreau to give the Rams a 3-0 advantage.
Mercyhurst answered with a Jimmy Latona home run to cut the lead to 3-1.
The score would remane 3-1 until the eighth whne Randy norris singled and advanced to second on a throwing error and Matt Mauldin scored, and Brandon Ford flied out to left field allowing Norris to come home to score to giv the Rams a 5-1 lead.
WSSU would add one more run in the top of the ninth, when Matt Mauldin singled up the middle and Landon Steiner scored to push the Rams lead to 6-1.
Corbin Easter would shut down the Lakers in the ninth to secure the WSSU Rams win.
Landon Steiner finshed three for three with a run socred and a run driven in, while Randy Norris went two for five with a run scored and a run batted in. Emilio Abreu also went two for five with a run scored and a run driven in. Matt Mauldin went one for three with a run scored and a run driven in, and Brandon Ford went one for three with a run batted in.
Seth Reeves got the win, while Corbin Easter picked up the save for WSSU.
The WSSU Rams will face West Chester on Monday afternoon for the regional final at 12pm.
+++++Winston-Salem State needs two wins on Monday vs. Westchester and the Rams will be then be on to the DII College World Series…..+++++
*****WSSU 6, Mercyhurst 1…*****
Winston-Salem State knocks off the #3 team in the Nation…..Rams two-hit Mercyhurst….
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Winston-Salem 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 6 10 1 Mercyhurst 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 4
NCAA DII Baseball Regionals
#7 Winston-Salem State Rams 9
#5 Shippensburg 8
*****WSSU wins their third elimination game at the NCAA Tournament…..*****
Next up for Winston-Salem State will be #1 seed Mercyhurst in the Semifinals…Game was set to roll at 5pm, but they hit a two-hour delay due to rain in New York…..
WSSU Rams are still Rolling……Facing #1 Regional Seed and nationally ranked #3 Mercyhurst next…..
+++++The game was tied, 0-0, in the second inning when the rain hit….+++++