RALEIGH, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (23-22) left it on the field when the team took a hard-fought 12-9 loss to the top-seeded Chowan Hawks (24-13), Saturday evening at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex. Playing in their third game of the day, the Lady Rams and the Hawks both put on an offensive showdown in the game which included three grand slam home runs and 21 total runs.
Both teams gave it their all with both teams taking big leads throughout the game. However, in the end, the Lady Rams' season ended with the emotional loss. The Lady Rams struck first with five opening-inning runs. After drawing a bases-loaded walk to score sophomore outfielder Kat Zimmer, senior short stop Katrina Bartlett hit a grand slam home run to put the team on top 5-0. However, the Hawks had an answer in the bottom of the inning when they scored seven runs, including hitting a grand slam home run of their own and left the Lady Rams trailing, 7-5 after the inning. Chowan added a second-inning run to leave the Lady Rams trailing, 8-5 after the inning.
The Lady Rams answered the challenge with a four-run third inning when sophomore infielder Jada Johnson hit the third grand slam home run of the day that left the Lady Rams on top, 9-8 after the third inning. Unfortunately, the WSSU offense just ran out on the day as the team was held scoreless for the final four innings of the game while allowing three more runs to the Hawks. The Lady Rams allowed three fourth-inning runs to the Hawks and one fifth-inning run in the tough loss.
The loss came in spite of a solid effort for the Lady Rams. The team recorded nine runs on six hits, but was plagued by four fielding errors in the game. Six Lady Rams recorded one hit each with both Barlett and Johnson recording home runs with four RBI each while Bartlett recorded two runs scored.
WSSU sophomore pitcher Mercedes Hargett (10-13) took the pitching loss as she went 5.2 innings with six runs allowed (three earned) on seven hits. She also recorded six strikeouts with three walks. Fellow sophomore Chyna Riley started the game and went 0.1 innings with six runs allowed (six earned) on four hits with one walk.
With the loss, the Lady Rams end the 2015 season with a 23-22 overall record. 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.