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.

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Today's Events

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2),
Baseball vs. COKER, 1:00VideoStats
Softball vs USC AIKEN, 1:00Stats
Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill, 2:00
Softball vs USC AIKEN, 3:00Stats
Baseball vs. COKER, 4:00VideoStats
Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill, 4:00


«February 2018»
February 1

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 5-8

February 2

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 0-11

February 3

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 1 (Cougar Point GC)

Track/Field @ Maillet UNC Open

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 0-6

Baseball @ Lynn 11-12

Basketball (W) @ Anderson 69-75

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 4-3

Basketball (M) @ Anderson 77-65

February 4

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 2 (Cougar Point GC) 12th of 16

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 6-25

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  1 p.m.

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  3 p.m.

February 6

Baseball @ Belmont Abbey 5-6

February 7

Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 56-61

Basketball (M) vs.LENOIR-RHYNE 84-77

February 9

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 6-4

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 0-8

Baseball vs,. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 7-9

Lacrosse (M) @ Belmont Abbey 10-18

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 3-12

February 10

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 6-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 6-24

Basketball (M) @ Bluefield St. 76-55

February 12

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Fleming Isl. GC)

February 13

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Fleming Isl. GC) 14th of 17

February 14

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 1)

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 5-7

Basketball (W) @ Coker 63-60

Basketball (M) @ Coker 79-77

February 15

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 2)

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-4

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-2

Lacrosse (W) vs. CONVERSE 16-6

February 16

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 3)

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-2

February 17

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 4) W-5th;M-7th

Softball vs SHIPPENSBURG 3-4

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-3

Softball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 8-4

Lacrosse (M) @ Mount Olive 3-15

Basketball (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 49-80

Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 89-104

February 18

Softball vs BARTON 11-3

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 4-6

Lacrosse (W) @ UVA-Wise 12-13

Softball vs BARTON 11-0

Tennis (W) @ Elon 0-7

February 19

Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships W-10th,M-10th

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

February 20

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC) 4th of 9

Baseball @ Mount Olive 9-4

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 11-10

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 6-3

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 39-59

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 84-92

February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1) 

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 6-3

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 0-9

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 27-12

Baseball vs. COKER 26-1

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 5-16

February 24

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2) 

Baseball vs. COKER 1 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 2 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 4 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill 4 p.m.

February 25

Softball vs YOUNG HARRIS 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1 p.m.

Softball vs. YOUNG HARRIS 3 p.m.

February 28

Basketball (M) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Basketball (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) @ Belmont Abbey 3 p.m.

Baseball @ UNC Pembroke 3 p.m.

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