SALEM, VA – The Winston-Salem State Rams (11-12) completed the Salem (Va.) Tournament in dramatic fashion when the team scored a seventh-inning run to claim a 4-3 win over the West Virginia State Yellowjackets, Sunday afternoon. The Rams took the win behind a solid effort on both sides of the ball as they totaled nine hits in the game and held the Yellowjackets to just three runs on seven hits.
As a team, the Rams had one of their top hitting performances of the season. The Rams totaled nine hits in the game. WSSU freshman right fielder Tiarra Delaney led the way for the team with a three-for-three effort with a run scored and an RBI. Junior first base/pitcher Mercedes Hargett was one-for-three with a home run.
The Rams scattered their scoring output throughout the game and were able to score the game winner in clutch fashion. Defensively, the Rams held the Yellowjackets scoreless for the final four innings of the game. After allowing a pair of first inning runs, the Rams soon answered back with an RBI single from freshman shortstop Jasmine Holloman that scored Delaney. The Rams allowed their last run to the Yellowjackets in the third inning and trailed 3-1 heading into the fourth inning. The Rams kicked off their effort in the fourth inning when a Hargett solo home run was followed by a Delaney RBI single that scored sophomore pinch runner Anna Marino that tied the game 3-3. It was in the seventh inning that the Rams scored the game-winning run when freshman Taonya Stanely hit an RBI double that scored Holloman and put the Rams on top, 4-3. From there, the WSSU defense held the Yellowjackets scoreless in the seventh inning to seal the victory.
WSSU junior Mercedes Hargett (7-6) took the pitching win, going 4.0 innings with no runs allowed on four hits. She also added three strikeouts with just two walks. Junior Katherine Zimmer got the pitching start, going 3.0 innings with three runs allowed (three earned). She recorded four strikeouts with one walk.
With the win, the Rams improve to 11-12 overall. The team will get a bit of a break as they will return to action next weekend at the 2016 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Round Up. For more information on Rams softball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (33^) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.