WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (19-20, 12-3 CIAA) broke out late for a big 14-1 win over the Shaw Lady Bears (7-26, 6-9 CIAA), Sunday afternoon. After taking a 4-1 lead into the fourth inning, the Lady Rams broke out for 10 fourth inning runs to pull away with the 14-1 victory.
After some solid innings to start the game, the Lady Rams turned on their offense to pull away with the big victory. The team got things started in the first inning when sophomore pitcher Mercedes Hargett hit an RBI double that scored senior infielder Katrina Bartlett. The Bears answered the challenge with a second-inning score. However, from there the Lady Rams continued their efforts when they scored three second-inning runs. After drawing a bases-loaded walk, the Lady Rams scored on a Shaw passed ball, followed by scoring on a wild pitch that left the team with a 4-1 lead. Neither team managed to score in the third inning and set the stage for a big fourth inning for the Lady Rams
It was in the fourth inning that the Lady Rams broke things open and pulled away with the victory. Sophomore first base Allison Woodbury kicked things off when she hit an RBI double that drove in freshman outfielder Anna Marino. From there, senior outfielder Kiah Ruffin hit a bunt single that that forced a Shaw throwing error and allowed Woodbury to score the second run of the inning. From there, Hargett delivered a grand slam home run that left the Lady Rams on top, 10-1. The Lady Rams scored on another Shaw miscue when freshman catcher Melissa Carillo added another score on a passed ball whiel Ruffin hit another RBI when she grounded out the first base and allowed Marino to score. The Lady Rams rounded out their scoring effort when Woodbury scored on a Shaw wild pitch. From there, the Lady Rams turned on their defense to close out the 14-1 win.
As a team, the Lady Rams totaled 13 hits in the game while holding Shaw to just five. The team also benefitted from four Shaw fielding errors. Hargett led the way for the Lady Rams with a two-for-two effort at the plate with a home run, five RBI and a run scored. Sophomore outfielder Katherine Zimmer added a three-for-three effort with two runs scored. Marino went two-for-three at the plate with three runs scored.
Hargett (9-11) took the pitching win five innings of action with one run allowed. She also added six strikeouts and no walks.
With the effort, the Lady Rams improve to 19-20 overall and 12-3 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. 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.