CHARLOTTE, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (4-16, 0-1 CIAA) took a hard-fought loss to the Chowan Hawks (16-13, 1-0 CIAA), Friday afternoon on the opening day of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Round-Up. Playing in a rematch of the 2016 CIAA Championship game, the Rams were edged out by the Hawks in a classic fashion.
The Rams took the loss in spite of a great offensive effort in the game. The team totaled 11 hits in the game, but were able to turn them into just three runs in the tough loss. WSSU senior pitcher Mercedes Hargett led the team's batting effort with a two-for-two performance at the plate with a home run, two RBI, and a run scored. Fellow senior third base Rebecca Demko went three-for-four at the plate with a double. Sophomore short stop Destiny Snipes added a two-for-four performance at the plate with a triple and an RBI.
The game fit the bill as the Rams and the Hawks both had strong plays and answers. The Hawks struck first when the Rams allowed a pair of second inning runs, but WSSU answered back when Hargett hit a two-run home run in the third inning that tied the game, 2-2. Chowan would strike again in the fifth inning when a WSSU wild pitch allowed another Chowan score in the fifth inning and put the Rams behind, 3-2. The Rams would once again answer when Snipes scored on a sixth-inning Chowan fielding error that tied the game once again, 3-3. Unfortunately, Chowan would have the last laugh when the Rams allowed the seventh-inning walk-off score by the Hawks on an RBI triple that ended the game.
Hargett (4-10) took the pitching loss, going 6.1 innings with seven hits allowed and four runs (one earned). She was dominant at times with 10 strikeouts in the game as well.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 4-16 overall and 0-1 in CIAA play. The team will not have long to rest when the team faces the Virginia State Trojans later in the day. For more information on Rams softball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.