WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (9-14) saw an early lead evaporate in a tough 12-5 loss to the UNC Pembroke Braves (18-13), Wednesday afternoon. After holding a 5-1 lead through the first four innings of the game, the Lady Rams allowed eight answered runs in the final three innings to take the loss.
Things got tough early for the Lady Rams after they allowed four innings to the Braves on a key fielding error in outfield, but the Lady Rams had the answer in the bottom of the inning when freshman outfielder Katherine Zimmer hit an RBI single to score sophomore third pitcher Chyna Riley. From there, senior short stop Katrina Bartlett hit a three-run home run to score sophomore third base Mercedes Hargett and Zimmer. In the second inning, freshman catcher Melissa Carillo drove in sophomore second base Jada Johnson on an RBI fielder's choice.
From there, the WSSU offense would go cold while a late UNCP surge as the Braves scored four runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to seal the 12-5 WSSU loss.
As a team, the Lady Rams managed three hits in the game with Bartlett leading the way. She went one-for-three from the plate with three RBI and a run scored. Zimmer added a one-for-three effort with a run scored and an RBI.
Riley (1-5) took the pitching loss, going all seven innings with 12 runs allowed (six earned). She also added a strikeout.
The Lady Rams will return to action, Saturday afternoon when the team hosts the Fayetteville State Broncos in a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader. The game will also be the Lady Rams' Strike Out Cancer game at Salem College Field. 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.