PETERSBURG, VA – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (28-18) took a tough 9-2 loss to the Chowan Hawks (25-21) in the semifinal round of the 2013 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Softball Championship Tournament. The Lady Rams couldn't get past some early struggles as the team gave up an uncharacteristic 12 hits and nine runs to the Hawks in the game.
As a team, the Lady Rams ran into some offensive struggles as they totaled two runs on nine hits in the game. The WSSU sophomore tandem of second base/pitcher Monet Daly and catcher Bria Jones recorded two hits each. Daly went two-for-four from the plate while Jones was two-for-three. Each player scored a run each for the Lady Rams.
The Lady Rams' struggles began early in the game as the team allowed all nine Chowan runs in the first three innings of the game. WSSU allowed an opening inning run, followed by an eight-run third inning that left WSSU trailing 9-0 heading into the bottom of the inning. WSSU made an effort at a rally with a pair of third-inning runs in the game when Daly scored following a Jones steal. In turn, Jones scored on an RBI triple by junior short stop Tanaya Pettus.
Both teams would turn up the defense from there as neither team scored a run, following the outburst.
With the loss, the Lady Rams fall to the consolation round of the tournament where they will take on the Virginia State in a 5:30 p.m. elimination game. The winner will advance to face Chowan tomorrow in the tournament championship. 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.