SALEM, VA – The Winston-Salem State Rams (10-10) extended their winning streak to four games when the team took a 4-2 win over the Ursuline Arrows (4-7), Friday in the opening round of the Salem (Va.) Softball Tournament. The Rams made the most of some limited offense as they scored four runs on just four hits in the game.
Defense was the order of the day for both teams as the Rams and the Arrows had just four hits each as a team. WSSU sophomore first base Katherine Zimmer made the most of her day as she went one-for-one with two runs scored, two RBI, and two walks on the day. Junior second base Chyna Riley also went one-for-four with an RBI.
The Rams did the bulk of their damage in the second inning when the team scored three of its four runs. Zimmer sparked things with a two-RBI single while Riley followed the effort with an RBI single of her own to put the Rams ahead 3-0. Ursuline answered with RBI singles in the fourth and sixth innings before the Rams added a seventh-inning insurance run when Zimmer benefitted from an Ursuline fielding error to score. The WSSU defense was especially impressive as the team held the Arrows to just two runs.
WSSU junior Mercedes Hargett (6-5) got the pitching win, going all seven innings with just four hits and two runs (two earned) allowed in the game. She also finished the game with five strikeouts.
The Rams will return to action tomorrow when the team takes on the host West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats, followed by a game against the Malone Pioneers. 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.