Big Inning Too Much For Baseball to Overcome vs. WSSU


SALISBURY, NC -- Winston-Salem State scored 11 runs in the fifth inning to overcome a 7-0 deficit and grab a 14-10 win over host Catawba in baseball action on Tuesday night at Newman Park.  The Rams improve to 26-12, winning the first meeting between the schools in baseball since 1973.  The Catawba Indians fall to 20-13.

Ray Crawford had two of his three hits in the big fifth inning, hitting a home run and a triple to drive in five runs.  Leland Clemmons and Jacob Barber also homered in the inning.

Catawba had grabbed a 7-0 lead, scoring six times on six hits in the bottom of the fourth.  Craig Brooks (Monroe, NC/Parkwood HS) capped that big frame with a three-run home run.

The Rams struck right back.  The three home runs accounted for five runs to chase Catawba starter Sean Grant (Statesville, NC/W. Iredell HS), who had blanked WSSU for the first four innings.  Michael Trombino (Boca Raton, FL/Cavalry Academy) recorded an out, but that was followed by a double, a walk, an infield single and another walk to cut the lead to 7-6.  Clemmons, who had earlier hit a two-run homer, singled home two runs to put the Rams up 8-7.  Crawford capped the inning with his bases-clearing triple.

Those two half innings accounted for the bulk of the scoring.  WSSU added two unearned runs in the sixth on a two-out, two-run single from Levi Grassley and got a home run from Alex Grubb in the ninth.  Catawba closed to within 13-10 in the eighth as Julio Zubillaga (China Grove, NC/Carson HS) doubled home a run and two more came in on a two-out error.

Jordan Carlton (4-1) earned the win in relief for the Rams.  He went the final five innings, allowing three runs (one earned) off four hits.  He walked two and struck out three.  Trombino (0-2) took the loss for Catawba.  Joe Watson (Advance, NC/Davie Co. HS) shined in relief for Catawba as he fanned seven of the 10 men he faced over the final three innings.

Crawford's three hits led the 16-hit attack by WSSU.  Clemmons had two hits and four RBI, while Grassley drove in three runs on two hits.  Grubb, Conner Andrus and Rafael Gonzalez also had two hits for the Rams.

Zubillaga and  Paul Kronenfeld (Greensboro, NC/Woodberry Forest HS/Georgia Tech) each had three hits for Catawba.  Zubillaga joined Brooks with three RBI.  Brooks and Keaton Hawks (Lexington, NC/E. Davidson HS) both had two hits.

Catawba travels to UNC Pembroke on Wednesday for a regional battle with the Braves at 6 p.m.

Box Score

Today's Events

Track/Field @ USC Indoor Open,
Lacrosse (W) @ Barton, ppd.,, noon
Baseball @ Tusculum, 1:00VideoStats
Tennis (W) v. Mount Olive (Piedmont Indoor Cts), 1:30
Tennis (M) v. Mount Olive (Piedmont Indoor Cts), 1:30
Basketball (W) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL, 2:00AudioVideoStats
Softball @ Young Harris, 3:00VideoStats
Baseball @ Tusculum, 4:00VideoStats
Basketball (M) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL, 4:00AudioVideoStats
Softball v. Columbus St., 5:30VideoStats


«February 2020»
February 1

Basketball (W) @ UVA-Wise 54-65

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 6-5

Basketball (M) @ UVA-Wise 67-66

Baseball vs. Columbus St. (Steinbrenner Field) 2-6

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 11-1

February 2

Baseball vs. Saint Leo (Steinbrenner Field) 12-3

Softball vs. COLUMBUS ST. 3-2

Softball vs. COLUMBUS ST. 3-1

February 4

Tennis (M) @ Lees-McRae 1-6

February 5

Basketball (W) @ Wingate 59-48

Basketball (M) @ Wingate 95-91

February 7

Track/Field @ Camel City Invite (Day 1) 

Tennis (W) @ Limestone 5-2

Tennis (M) @ Limestone 2-5

February 8

Track/Field @ Camel City Invite (Day 2)

Lacrosse (M) @ Belmont Abbey 6-18

Basketball (W) vs. MARS HILL 85-49

Baseball vs. WV STATE 10-0

Basketball (M) vs. MARS HILL 113-97

February 9

Baseball vs. WV STATE 15-9

Baseball vs. WV STATE 10-1

February 10

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 1 (St. Johns CC) 

Track/Field @ Queens Multis (Day 1) 

February 11

Track/Field @ Queens Multis (Day 2)

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 2 (St. Johns CC) 11th of 20

February 12

Basketball (W) vs. COKER 78-61

Basketball (M) vs. COKER 90-76

February 14

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 2-20

February 15

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 9-6

Lacrosse (M) @ Mount Olive 5-10

Basketball (W) @ Carson-Newman 86-96

Softball vs. LEES-McRAE 1-2

Basketball (M) @ Carson-Newman 74-61

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 7-2

Softball vs. LEES-McRAE 5-6

February 16

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 3-1

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 12-1

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 7-2

February 17

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC)

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-0

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 6-1

February 18

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC) 3rd of 11

February 19

Softball vs. FRANCIS MARION, ppd. 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. ERSKINE 19-8

Softball vs. FRANCIS MARION, ppd. 3 p.m.

Baseball @ Mount Olive 8-5

Basketball (W) vs. QUEENS 62-51

Basketball (M) vs. QUEENS 84-94

February 21

Beach Volleyball @ Coastal Carolina 0-5

Beach Volleyball @ Coastal Carolina 0-5

February 22

Track/Field @ USC Indoor Open 

Lacrosse (W) @ Barton, ppd., noon

Baseball @ Tusculum 1 p.m.

Tennis (W) v. Mount Olive (Piedmont Indoor Cts) 1:30 p.m.

Tennis (M) v. Mount Olive (Piedmont Indoor Cts) 1:30 p.m.

Basketball (W) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 2 p.m.

Softball @ Young Harris 3 p.m.

Baseball @ Tusculum 4 p.m.

Basketball (M) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 4 p.m.

Softball v. Columbus St. 5:30 p.m.

February 23

Softball @ Young Harris 9 a.m.

Tennis (M) vs. NORTH GEORGIA 10 a.m.

Tennis (W) vs. NORTH GEORGIA 10 a.m.

Softball v. Shorter 11:30 a.m.

Baseball @ Tusculum 1 p.m.

February 24

Golf (W) @ Battle of Hilton Head (Palmetto Dunes - Jones Course) - Day 1

February 25

Golf (W) @ Battle of Hilton Head (Palmetto Dunes - Jones Course) - Day 2

Tennis (W) @ Belmont Abbey 2 p.m.

Baseball vs. NORTH GREENVILLE 3 p.m.

February 26

Lacrosse (M) vs. YOUNG HARRIS 4 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Anderson 5:30 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Anderson 7:30 p.m.

February 27

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 1 p.m.

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3 p.m.

February 28

Swimming @ ECAC Championships (Day 1)

Tennis (W) vs. FRANCIS MARION 1 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. FRANCIS MARION 1 p.m.

Baseball @ Queens 2 p.m.

February 29

Swimming @ ECAC Championships (Day 2)

Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships (Day 1)

Baseball @ Queens 11 a.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. MARS HILL 1 p.m.

Baseball @ Queens 2 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 2 p.m.

Softball @ Newberry 2 p.m.

Softball @ Newberry 4 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 4 p.m.

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Basketball (M) Team Photo