Lady Rams Offense Struggles in 3-1 Loss to Barton

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The hits and runs were hard to come by for the Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (11-18) when the team took a tough 3-1 loss to the Barton Bulldogs (16-23), Friday afternoon. The Lady Rams gave a solid defensive effort in the game, but the team could not overcome their offensive struggles in the tough.

As a team, the Lady Rams totaled just four hits in the game, but they countered their struggles with a strong defensive effort. The team had a solid performance, holding Barton to just three runs in spite of allowing seven hits in the game. Offensively, WSSU senior shortstop Katrina Bartlett recorded a one-for-one effort with a run scored and a stolen base in the game. She was one of four Lady Rams to score a hit in the game.

Barton took control of the game with a leadoff solo home run in the first inning, followed by a third-inning RBI single and a sixth-inning RBI double that left the Lady Rams trailing 3-0. The Lady Rams finally broke through in the seventh inning when senior Kiah Ruffin hit an RBI groundout that scored Bartlett.

WSSU sophomore Mercedes Hargett (7-10) took pitching loss as she went all seven innings. She allowed three runs (two earned). She also recorded eight strikeouts with just two walks in the game.

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