Lady Rams Fall Short in 7-6 Loss to Shaw

RALEIGH, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (25-15, 14-1 CIAA) took their first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) loss of the season when the team took a 7-6 loss to the Shaw Lady Bears (14-20, 9-8 CIAA), Sunday afternoon. The loss was the first CIAA Southern Division loss since the 2011 season.

The loss came in spite of a great hitting effort by the Lady Rams who totaled 10 hits in the game and benefitted from four Shaw fielding errors. Sophomore Monet Daly added another great effort with a two-for-four performance at the plate with a run scored. Fellow sophomore Mariha Freeman also had a strong day with a one-for-two effort with two runs scored. Senior outfielder Shantel Haskins added four RBI with a two-RBI homer.

The Lady Rams jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with a first inning run, followed by two fourth-inning runs. WSSU benefitted from a first inning Shaw fielding error to score the first run of the game. Haskins drove in a pair of runs with a two-RBI ground out in the fourth inning. The Lady Rams allowed four inning runs to the Lady Bears to fall behind, 3-4. The team answered in the fifth inning with an RBI sacrifice fly by sophomore right fielder Bria Jones. However, the team allowed another Shaw run to remain behind 4-5 in the fifth inning.

The Lady Rams went back up when Haskins hit a sixth-inning two run home run to go ahead 6-5. However, the Lady Bears tied the game with a sixth-inning run and set the stage for a thrilling seventh inning. The Lady Rams went scoreless in the top of the inning and allowed a walkoff RBI single by the Lady Bears that ended the game.

WSSU junior Yasmin Lee took the pitching loss, going 6.1 innings and allowing 12 hits. She recorded a pair of strikeouts. Senior Brittany Lane made an appearance with a strikeout.

With the loss, the Lady Rams fall to 14-1 in CIAA play. The team will return to action, Wednesday when they host the Brevard College Tornadoes, Wednesday afternoon. 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