WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (7-22, 3-3 CIAA) gave a great effort, but the team could not match the firepower of an aggressive Fayetteville State Lady Broncos (12-12, 5-1 CIAA) in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division opener for both teams, Saturday. The Rams came up short in an offensive showdown between the two teams as the Rams and the Lady Broncos combined for 29 runs in the game.
The loss came in spite of a great offensive performance by the Rams, who scored 10 runs on 11 hits in the game. WSSU sophomore short stop Destiny Snipes led the way for the Rams when she went two-for-four at the plate with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI. Fellow sophomore Jasmine Holloman right field continued her strong streak, going two-for-four with a double and a run scored. Senior pitcher Mercedes Hargett added a three-run home run of her own.
The Rams battle throughout the game, answering strong outings by the Lady Broncos early, but the Rams could not rally late in the hard-fought loss. The Rams showed their grit early when the team answered a three-run Fayetteville State run opening inning when freshman catcher Sydnee Brown hit an RBI single to score Holloman and then Hargett added a two-run home run to tie the game. From there, Fayetteville State broke the game open with eight unanswered runs to leave the Rams trailing, 11-3 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning. The Rams answered with four runs of their own as Snipes scored on an FSU fielding error, followed by a three-run home run from freshman left fielder Daijah Chambers that cut the WSSU deficit down to just four runs, 11-7 heading into the fifth inning. Fayetteville State added four more fifth inning runs to leave the Rams trailing, 15-7 before Snipes hit an RBI double that scored Brown. The effort was followed by an RBI single from senior designated player Samantha Gibbs that scored Snipes. The Rams rounded out their scoring when junior pinch hitter Tianna Clark added an RBI single to score Gibbs and cut the WSSU deficit down to five runs, 15-10. However, that was all the scoring the Rams could muster as Fayetteville State added four unanswered runs to leave the final score a 19-10.
Hargett (5-13) took the pitching loss, going all seven innings with 19 runs allowed (13 earned) on 23 hits. She recorded five strikeouts with just two walks in the game.
The Rams and the Lady Broncos would go on to complete the doubleheader against the Lady Broncos. 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.