Mocksville, NC – The St. Andrews University baseball team fell to the Winston-Salem State Rams on Wednesday, losing 8-6 in the rarest of events when each team hit a grand slam in the ninth inning.
The Knights started off the game with two runs in the first inning, when first baseman, Michael Durig doubled to bring in designated hitter Matthew Beauchemin and catcher Daniel Whitecavage.
Junior pitcher Max Everingham started the game for the Knights, shutting out the Rams completely for the first 4 innings and giving up only 6 hits over the entire 7 and 1/3 innings he pitched. An unearned run was scored in the fifth, and Everingham gave up the only earned run in the bottom of the eighth.
The Knights had yet to retaliate so the score was tied in the top of the ninth, as SAU took their last at bat. After right fielder Jeremy McDowell doubled and the Rams walked shortstop Ricky Schattauer and left fielder Matthew McCue, the bases were loaded and the Knights were in perfect scoring position. Daniel Whitecavage then hit an unbelievable grand slam, giving the Knights a 4 run lead.
Senior Matthew McCue was then put on the mound as the closer for the Knights. The Rams saw the gap in the score and realized they had one chance. After loading the bases, the Rams scored off of Paco Martin's sacrifice fly and again off of German Reyes' single to center. With bases still loaded, designated hitter Tyler Hickernell hit a walk-off grand slam for the Rams, making the final score 8-6 and stripping the win from the Knights.
Leading the Knights in offense was Daniel Whitecavage, with his remarkable grand slam. That was his second grand slam of the year and the only grand slams the Knights have on record for the season. Overall, Whitecavage went 2 for 5 with 4 RBIs. Beauchemin went 2 for 4 with a double and Durig went 2 for 5 with 2 RBIs and a double.
St. Andrews (19-15, 7-8) heads to Milligan College, TN (15-17, 5-7) to start their weekend conference series with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1pm.