Late Struggles Cost Lady Rams in 6-2 Loss to Fairmont State

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (4-11) could not follow up a hot start when the team took a 6-2 loss to the Fairmont State Falcons (8-1), Thursday afternoon. In addition to facing a tough Falcons team, the Lady Rams also had to face some cold and rainy weather as well in the tough loss.

Though the Lady Rams could manage just two runs in the game, the team had a solid hitting day with 11 total hits. Freshman Samantha Gibbs led the way for the Lady Rams with a three-for-three effort at the plate, but it was sophomore pitcher Mercedes Hargett that did the damage as she was two-for-four from the plate with a two-run home run. Freshman catcher Melissa Carillo added a two-for-four effort with a run scored as well. Senior short stop Katrina Bartlett had a great defensive effort to go along with a pair of hits of her own as well.

Things looked good early for the Lady Rams as the team answered a first inning run from the Falcons to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning when Hargett's two-run home run scored herself and Carillo. From there, the Lady Rams allowed a pair of third inning runs to fall behind and three fifth-inning runs to leave the game 6-2. From there, the Lady Rams were never able to score as the ended the day with the tough loss.

Hargett (3-6) took the pitching loss with five innings of action where she allowed six earned runs on nine hits. She also added a strikeout out. Sophomore Chyna Riley also came in for two innings and finished with no runs allowed with a strikeout and one walk allowed.

The Lady Rams will return to action this weekend when the team begins Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play at the 2015 CIAA Round Up at Walnut Creek Park in Raleigh, N.C. The Lady Rams will take on the Virginia Union Panthers, tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.

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