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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«October 2018»
October 2

Volleyball @ Wingate 0-3

October 3

Soccer (W) vs. WINGATE 2-1

Soccer (M) vs. WINGATE 1-5

October 5

Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 92-170

Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3

October 6

Volleyball @ Newberry 3-2

Football vs. ALBANY STATE 21-35

Soccer (M) vs. SHAW 3-0

Soccer (W) vs. SHAW 6-1

October 7

Tennis (M) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 3-4

Tennis (W) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 7-0

October 8


October 9

Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of SALISBURY) 10th of 18

Tennis (W) vs. WINSTON-SALEM ST, ppd. 5 p.m.

Volleyball @ Coker 1-3

October 10

Soccer (W) @ Mars Hill 1-0

October 12

Cross Country Royals Challenge M-15th;W-19th

Swimming Women @ Converse Invite (Day 1) 

Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3

October 13

Swimming Women @ Converse Invite (Day 2) 1st of 5

Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 0-3

Football @ Wingate 25-35

October 14

Soccer (M) vs. COKER 1-2

Soccer (W) vs. COKER 5-0

October 15

Golf (W) @ Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Inv. - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

October 16

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Inv. - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 9th of 14

Golf (W) @ Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 9th of 14

Volleyball vs. QUEENS 2-3

October 17

Soccer (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1-4

Soccer (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1-4

October 19

Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 0-3

October 20

Football vs. TUSCULUM 55-37

Volleyball @ Mars Hill 3-0

Soccer (W) vs. ANDERSON 3-0

Soccer (M) vs. ANDERSON 0-2

October 22

Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 1 (Marsh Creek CC)

October 23

Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 2 (Marsh Creek CC)

October 24

Soccer (W) vs. CHOWAN 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 7:30 p.m.

October 25

Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 2 p.m.

October 26

Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 7 p.m.

October 27

Basketball (W) @ UNC Wilmington (Exhib.) noon

Football vs. LIMESTONE 1:30 p.m.

Volleyball @ Tusculum 2 p.m.

Soccer (W) @ Carson-Newman 5 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Carson-Newman 7:30 p.m.

October 30

Soccer (W) SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Basketball (M) @ Wichita St. (Exhib.)

Volleyball vs. COKER 6:30 p.m.


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