RALEIGH, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (23-21, 10-3 CIAA) powered their way to a 12-3 win over the Saint Augustine's Falcons (8-22, 6-7 CIAA), Saturday afternoon at Worthdale Park in Raleigh, N.C. The Rams broke out for a strong offensive performance with 12 runs on 14 hits in the game, including three home runs.
The Rams took the win behind one of their best offensive performances of the season. The Rams totaled 14 hits in the game. Junior pitcher Mercedes Hargett led the way with three-for-four batting effort with two home runs, three RBI, and three runs scored. Freshman outfielder Destiny Snipes also had a great effort as well when she went two-for-four with three runs scored and four RBI in the game.
The Rams kicked things off early when they scored two opening inning runs on a Hargett two-run home run that also scored fellow junior Chyna Riley. After allowing a first inning run to the Falcons, the Rams added two more second inning runs when junior Idaysha Quinones hit an RBI double. Junior first base Katherine Zimmer drove in another run when she reached base on a fielder's choice that force a Saint Augustine's error that allowed Quinones to score. After allowing a second inning score to the Falcons, WSSU sophomore third base Samantha Gibbs hit an RBI single that scored Snipes in the third inning. Hargett would strike again in the fourth inning when she hit her second home run of the game, a solo homer that left the Rams on top, 6-2. After both teams went scoreless in the fifth inning, the Falcons cut the WSSU lead to just three runs after a sixth inning score. In the seventh inning the Rams broke away for good when the team scored six runs in the inning. Riley started things off when she scored on a passed ball. A single up the middle from freshman pinch hitter Tiara Delaney scored Zimmer. From there, Zimmer hit a grand slam home run to leave the Rams on top, 12-3. From there, the Rams closed things out by holding SAU scoreless in the seventh inning to take the victory.
Hargett (15-10) took the pitching victory when she went all seven innings with three runs allowed (none earned). She also recorded nine strikeouts with no walks.
The Rams and the Falcons would go on to complete the doubleheader later in the day. For more information on Rams softball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on towww.WSSURams.com.