March 17, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, NC - The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (12-10) turned their offense on to rally for a 4-3 win over the Savannah State Lady Tigers (6-16), Thursday afternoon. After allowing three first inning runs to fall behind 3-0, the Lady Rams hit a pair of home runs, including a walk-off home run by freshman Tanaya Pettus to rally for the 4-3 victory.
After the first inning, the Lady Rams turned up their defensive efforts, holding Savannah State scoreless for the final six innings of the game. The freshman tandem of outfielder Tanaya Pettus and designated player Hope Billings led the way for the Lady Rams as both players hit home runs in the game. Billings went two-for-three from the plate with a run scored and a pair of RBI. Pettus went one-for-three from the plate with a home run. Senior catcher Kayla Woodbury added a pair of hits with an RBI.
The Lady Rams got on the scoreboard in the third inning when Woodbury hit an RBI double that scored sophomore pitcher Brittany Lane. The Lady Rams inched closer in the fourth inning when Billings hit a solo home run. The Lady Rams tied the game in the sixth inning with the sacrifice fly ball by Billings and set the stage for Pettus' dramatic ending to the game.
The Lady Rams will return to action next Wednesday when the team hosts the Shaw Lady Bears in a 4:00 p.m. Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) doubleheader. 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.