Asheboro, N.C. - Brevard jumped out of the gates scoring twice in the top of the first inning, but the Rams rallied late, scoring twice in the bottom of the eighth as Winston-Salem State recorded the 6-4 victory at McCrary Park.
Paco Martin drove in the go-ahead runs with a double in the bottom of the eighth for the Rams (3-7) off BC reliever Thomas Gill, scoring Travis Moore and Dominique Fitzgerald for to put Winston-Salem State up for good, offsetting a two-run home run by Cody Queen as Brevard (3-3) falls for just the third time in the 2012 season.
The Tornados jumped ahead early off Rams starter Wes Edwards as Eric Renegar drew a walk to lead off the game. Queen followed with a home run, bringing Renegar home to put the Tornados up early 2-0. Brevard continued to threaten in the inning as Tarron Robinson reached on a walk and moved to third on a Randy O’Dell single, but Edwards retired the side to hold the Tornados in check.
Brevard plated another run in the top of the fourth as Bennett Hixson opened the inning with a double to centerfield. Chad Funkhouser sacrificed Hixson to third, where he scored on Alex Bedenbaugh’s base hit through the left side of the infield, giving the Tornados the 3-0 advantage. Bedenbaugh advanced to second on a stolen base, but was left stranded in scoring position as Edwards retired Renegar to end the inning.
Brandon Harrison put the Rams on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the inning, leading off the fourth with a solo home run off BC starting pitcher Zach Joyce to put the Rams, but Joyce retired the next three batters before WSSU could build any momentum from the blast.
After a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the fifth, the Rams tied the game up in the bottom half of the inning as Martin doubled Travis Moore into scoring position with one-out in the inning and Aaron Jones brought both base runners across the plate with a base hit to left field, knotting the game up at 3 apiece.
The Tornados and Rams traded runs in the seventh inning as Brevard led off the frame by loading the bases with none out as Kameron Armacost reached on a bunt single, Renegar drew a walk and Queen was hit by a pitch. Following a fielder’s choice, the Tornados put the go-ahead run across the plate as Renegar scored on a WSSU wild pitch, but Edwards again pitched his way out of danger, retiring the side to keep the lead at one run.
The Rams answered in the bottom half of the inning as Harrison drove in Martin with a grounder, knotting the game up and sending the teams into the eighth inning.
Thomas Gill (0-1) retired the first two batters on strikes to start off the bottom of the eighth, but issued a walk to Andrew Smith and Moore followed with a single, advancing Smith to second. Martin cleared the bases with a double to right field, putting the Rams up 6-4, and Brevard was unable to answer in the top of the ninth as the Rams took home the victory.
Brevard remains on the road as they open South Atlantic Conference play on the road as they travel to Newberry, S.C. to take on Newberry College on Saturday, February 17th. First pitch in the weekend series between the Wolves and the Tornados is set for 6 p.m.