SALEM, VA – The Winston-Salem State (10-11) stood toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in the nation and came up short in a 5-1 loss to the #13 West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats on the second day of the Salem (Va.) Tournament. The Rams took the loss despite a strong overall effort by the team.
The game saw some solid defense by both teams with the Rams coming up short in the loss. As a team, the Rams totaled five hits in the game while holding the Bobcats to just seven hits. However, the Rams' opponents made the most of their hits with five runs score. The Rams couldn't quite say the same as they scored just one run against the Bobcats defense. WSSU freshman outfielder Destiny Snipes led the way for the Rams with a two-for-three batting effort with an RBI. Freshman catcher Tiarra Delaney added a one-for-two effort with a run scored.
Defensively, the Rams played well, holding West Virginia Wesleyan scoreless in four of the seven innings played. After allowing one run each in the first and third innings, the Rams allowed three fourth-inning runs to fall behind, 5-0. Offensively, the Rams struggled early before a Snipes RBI single scored Delaney in the sixth inning. Unfortunately, the run was the sole score of the game for the Rams.
WSSU junior pitcher Mercedes Hargett (6-6) took the pitching loss when she went all six innings with seven runs allowed (four earned) on seven hits allowed. She finished the game with three strikeouts and just two walks.
The Rams would not have long to recover as the team would go on to complete day two of the tournament with 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.