Clutch Hitting Pushes Rams to 3-2 Upset Win Over Chowan at 2016 CIAA Softball Championship Tournament

RALEIGH, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (28-21) used some clutch hitting to claim an upset win at the 2016 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Softball Championship Tournament, Thursday afternoon. After taking a 1-1 tie into the sixth inning, the Rams added two runs and held the regular season champion Lady Hawks to just one run to claim the win on the opening day of the double-elimination tournament.

The Rams used some timely hitting to claim the win as they scored three runs on five hits with two fielding errors in the game. WSSU junior outfielder Idaysha Quinones led the way for the Rams with a one-for-two batting performance with a run scored. Freshman Tiarra Delaney added a one-for-three batting effort with two RBI as well.

The Rams took the win by combining some solid early offense with some clutch hitting. The team struck first when freshman outfielder Destiny Snipes hit an RBI single up the middle that scored junior first base Katherine Zimmer and put the Rams ahead 1-0 in the third inning. The Lady Hawks added fourth inning score of their own to tie the game. The sixth inning was the big one for the Rams when Delaney hit a key two-RBI double that scored Snipes and Quinones and gave the Rams a 3-1 lead. From there, the Rams played some shutdown defense as they held Chowan to just one more seventh inning run to take the victory.

Hargett (19-10) took the pitching victory when she went all seven innings with just two runs allowed (one earned). She also added four strikeouts with four walks.

With the win, the Rams improve to 28-21 overall and will advance in the winner's bracket to take on the Bowie State Lady Bulldogs, the second seed from the CIAA Northern Division, who are also undefeated on the opening day of the tournament.

The Rams and Lady Bulldogs are scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. start at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex in Raleigh, N.C. 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