WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (9-10) gave a great effort late, but the team could not get the runs across the plate in a hard-fought 4-2 loss to the West Virginia State Yellowjackets (5-0). The Lady Rams had a solid effort in the opening game of the doubleheader with six hits, but the team could not match an early run by the Yellowjackets.
As a team, the Lady Rams had a solid effort with six total hits with just three fielding errors in the game. WSSU junior shortstop Tanaya Pettus led the way for the team with a two-for-three effort at the plate with a run scored and an RBI while sophomore infielder Monet Daly added a two-for-three effort with an RBI in the game. Daly also added a sacrifice hit in the game as well.
The Lady Rams ran into some struggles early in the game as the team was scoreless for the first four innings of the game. The Lady Rams allowed a first inning run as well as a pair of third inning runs to fall behind, 3-0 during the drought. However, the team broke out in the fifth inning when Daly hit an RBI single to right field that scored Pettus. The Lady Rams followed the effort with a sixth-inning run when Pettus hit an RBI single through the left side that scored junior outfielder Andreya O'Brien. The effort would pull the Lady Rams within one run, 3-2, but WVSU added a seventh-inning run while the Lady Rams went scoreless to finish the game, 4-2.
WSSU senior Brittany Lane (5-6) picked up the pitching loss after going all seven innings with nine hits allowed and three earned runs scored. She finished the game with four strikeouts and one walk.
The two teams would meet later in the day to complete the double header. For more information on Lady Rams softball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.