ALBANY, GA – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (3-8) gave it their all, but the team could not overcome a slow start when they took a 5-4 loss to the Florida Institute of Technology (18-5) Panthers. After falling behind, 5-0, the Lady Rams rallied for four sixth-inning runs, but could not complete the comeback as they took the 5-4 loss.
The loss came in spite of a solid offensive effort by the Lady Rams as the team totaled eight hits in the game and committed just one fielding error. Sophomore pitcher Mercedes Hargett led the WSSU hitting efforts with a two-for-four effort at the plate with a run scored. Senior outfielder Kiah Ruffin added a two-for-three effort as well. Senior shortstop Katrina Bartlett added a two-run homer as well.
The Lady Rams struggled early with the Panthers scoring five runs in the first four innings of the game while holding the Lady Rams scoreless. The Lady Rams allowed two first-inning runs, two third-inning runs, and a fourth inning run.
However, the Lady Rams kicked things into gear in the sixth inning when they scored all four of their runs. Sophomore third base Jada Johnson kicked things off when she hit an RBI double that scored Hargett. The effort was followed when senior second base Monet Daly drove in a run on a fielder's choice that scored Johnson. From there, Bartlett hit her first home run of the season, a two-run home run to right field that also drove in Daly. However, the four runs were all that the Lady Rams could muster as they finished the game with the loss.
The Lady Rams won't have long to rest, however, as they will turn around to play the Albany State Rams later today. 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.