WINSTON-SALEM,NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (16-15) staged a furious late rally, but the team came up just short in a 4-3 loss to the UNC Pembroke Braves (16-19-1), Friday afternoon. After falling into an early 4-0 deficit, the Rams rallied to score three late runs, but the Rams' rally was not quite enough as the team took the loss.
The Rams had a solid overall effort with eight hits in the game, one more than the Braves. WSSU freshman outfielder Tiarra Delaney led the way for the Rams with a two-for-two effort at the plate with a walk and two runs scored. She was the only WSSU player with more than one hit in the game. Junior first base Mercedes Hargett added a one-for-four performance with a crucial RBI.
The Rams got off to slow start to the game with UNC Pembroke scoring two runs in the first and third innings to leave the Rams trailing, 4-0.WSSU would break into the scoring column in the fifth inning when freshman short stop Destiny Snipes hit an RBI double that scored Delaney. Snipes would score in turn when she took advantage of a UNCP wild pitch that cut the WSSU deficit in half, 4-2 heading into the sixth inning. The Rams continued their rally in the seventh inning when Hargett hit an RBI single to center field that scored Delaney once again. But the score was all that the Rams could manage as UNCP's defense closed out the Rams' rally effort.
WSSU junior Chyna Riley (5-4) took the pitching loss, going all seven innings with four runs allowed (two earned) on seven hits and just two walks. She added four strikeouts.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 16-15. The team will return to action next Wednesday when the team kicks off Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division play against the Livingstone Blue Bears in the Strike Out Breast Cancer game. 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.