ANDERSON, SC – Defense was the order of the day in game two of the doubleheader when the Rams took a 4-1 loss to the Anderson (S.C.) Trojans, Sunday. Though the Rams and the Trojans combined for 10 hits in the game, both teams stepped up on defense to allow just five combined runs in the game.
As a team, the Rams totaled five hits in the game, including a double by freshman outfielder Taonya Stanely and an RBI from fellow freshman designated player Mesha Jones. Stanely was one-for-three from the plate with a run scored.
Things got tough for the Rams early as they allowed four first inning runs to the Trojans, but then the team turned on its defense as they would not allow any more Anderson (S.C.) runs. Offensively, the Rams were able to get on the scoreboard in the second inning when Jones hit an RBI single down the right field line to score Jones. However, it was all the scoring that the Rams would do as the Trojans defense held the team scoreless.
WSSU junior pitcher Chyna Riley (0-1) took the pitching loss after facing five batters and allowing four runs (four earned) with two walks. Fellow junior Mercedes Hargett came in for six innings and allowed no runs with four strikeouts and one walk.
After opening the season with four straight road losses, the team will host the Davis & Elkins Senators in their home opener in Twin City Field, Friday afternoon. For more information on Rams softball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.