PETERSBURG, VA – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams' (28-19) bid for a third straight Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championship fell short when the team took a heartbreaking 2-1 extra-inning loss to the Virginia State Lady Trojans, Saturday morning. In a game that was halted yesterday due to inclement weather, the Lady Rams took a heartbreaking loss as the host Virginia State Lady Trojans mounted a late rally to end the tournament run for the Lady Rams.
The Lady Rams struggled to find runs in the game as a third-inning run was all that the team could muster in the tough loss. Adding to the WSSU struggles was a late rally that saw the Lady Trojans tie the game in the seventh inning and win the game in the eighth inning.
Both teams found runs hard to come by in the game as they combined for nine hits in the game. As a team, the Lady Rams totaled five hits in the game, one more than the Lady Trojans. WSSU senior outfielder Shantel Haskins led the way with a two-for-three effort with the sole run scored for the Lady Rams. Haskins made the most of her two hits as one was a double and the other was a triple. Three more WSSU players recorded one hit each.
The Lady Rams' only score of the game came in the third inning when a Haskins triple was followed by an RBI single by senior pitcher Brittany Lane.
From there, the Lady Rams were held scoreless while a fielding error allowed VSU to tie the game in the seventh inning. The Lady Rams allowed another Lady Trojans score in the eighth inning on an RBI single. Though the Lady Rams kept fighting, the team was held scoreless in the bottom of the eighth inning to end the day with the loss.
With the loss, the Lady Rams fall to 28-19 for the season. The team will play a final doubleheader at West Virginia State. 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.