Lady Rams Take 6-2 Win Over Virginia State to Advance to CIAA Semifinals

PETERSBURG, VA – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (28-17) kept things rolling when the team took a 6-2 win over the Virginia State Lady Trojans (14-16) in the second game of the 2013 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Softball Championship Tournament, Thursday. The team took the win behind some strong offense and a staunch defensive effort against the Lady Trojans.

The Lady Rams broke out their bats to take the win as they totaled 10 hits in the game while allowing just six to the Lady Trojans. After taking a late 2-2 tie into the sixth inning, the Lady Rams broke out for four sixth-inning runs to seal the win. Sophomore infielder Monet Daly led the way for the Lady Rams with a three-for-four effort at the plate with three runs scored and two RBI in the win. Senior third base Nikki Lynch added a two-for-three effort with two RBI.

The game got off to a slow start with Daly scoring on a VSU dropped fly ball in the first inning. The unearned run was the sole score of the game until the fifth inning when Lynch hit an RBI double down the left field line to score Daly once again. After VSU tied the game in the top of the sixth inning, the Lady Rams broke out for four runs to answer the challenge. Daly opened things up with a two-RBI double down the right field line that scored senior outfielder Shantel Haskins and sophomore outfielder Mariha Freeman. Sophomore catcher Bria Jones added an RBI sacrifice bunt that scored senior pitcher Brittany Lane. Lynch rounded out the scoring with an RBI single that drove in Daly.

From there, the Lady Rams allowed a pair of VSU seventh-inning runs, but clamped down for the win.

WSSU senior Brittany Lane (16-8) took the pitching win, going all seven innings with six hits allowed with seven strikeouts.

With the win, the Lady Rams advance to the semifinal round of the 2013 CIAA Softball Championship Tournament and will take on the winner of the Saint Augustine's/Chowan game. 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.