ATLANTA, GA – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (3-7) stayed hot when the team took a 7-2 win at Clark-Atlanta (0-12), Sunday afternoon. After breaking the game open with runs in the first inning, the Lady Rams turned to their defense to only allow two runs to the Lady Panthers and walked away with their third victory of the season.
As a team, the Lady Rams had a great effort both offensively and defensively. The Lady Rams finished the game with 13 hits in the game while holding the Lady Panthers to just two runs and six total hits. Sophomore designated player Chyna Riley led the way for the Lady Rams with a four-for-five performance at the plate with a run scored. Senior second base Monet Daly added at three-for-five effort with two runs scored as well. She was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle in the game. Sophomore catcher Mercedes Hargett recorded a home run as well.
The Lady Rams took control of the game with some strong early offense and clamped down defensively to pull out the victory. Five of the WSSU runs came in the first inning when Daly hit a two-RBI triple that scored Bartlett and Riley. Daly then scored on a Lady Panther fielding error while senior Kiah Ruffin hit an RBI single to drive in Hargett and sophomore Jada Johnson added an RBI sacrifice fly to round out the scoring in the inning. Hargett struck once again in the fourth inning when she hit a two-RBI home run in the inning. After allowing back-to-back RBI singles to the Lady Panthers in the sixth inning, the Lady Rams' defense held off the Lady Panthers to seal the victory.
Sophomore Katherine Zimmer (1-0) took home the pitching victory with 10 strikeouts and two earned runs allowed on six hits.
With the win, the Lady Rams improve to 3-7 for the season and will return to action tomorrow when the team takes on Albany State and Florida Tech in Albany, Ga. 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.