PEMBROKE, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (1-4) closed the 2017 UNC Pembroke Invitational on a down note when the team took a hard-fought 6-4 loss to the Kutztown Golden Bears (3-2), Sunday morning. The Rams gave a strong offensive effort in the game, but the team could not quite get the defensive plays that they needed in the loss.
As a team, the Rams were impressive at the plate. The Rams totaled seven hits with four runs scored in the game. WSSU sophomore outfielder Destiny Snipes led the way for the team with a two-for-four effort at the plate with a double, a triple, and two runs scored while senior third base Rebecca Demko went two-for-three at the plate with an RBI.
The Rams had a fairly consistent offensive day, but the team could not quite keep up with the Golden Bears. The Rams scored in four of the seven innings played, but could never score more than one run per inning. After allowing an opening inning run to the Golden Bears, the Rams answered when a Snipes double was followed by an RBI single from senior pitcher Katherine Zimmer that scored Snipes and tied the game, 1-1. The Rams found themselves challenged once again when Kutztown scored in the bottom of the second inning to leave the team trailing, 2-1. Freshman designated player Sydnee Brown answered the call with a third inning RBI single that scored junior outfielder Anna Marino tied the game once again, 2-2.
Things got tough for the Rams in the bottom of the third inning when the team allowed three runs to the Golden Bears to fall behind 5-2. The battle continued in the fourth inning when a Kutztown fielding error allowed Snipes to score once again and cut the WSSU deficit down to two runs, 5-3. However, the Rams allowed another fourth inning run to the Bears to fall behind, 6-3.
The Rams would clamp down on defense and attempted a rally in the sixth inning when Demko hit an RBI single that scored sophomore Tiara Delaney. However, it was all that the Rams could muster as the team ended the day with the hard-fought loss.
Zimmer (0-3) took the pitching loss, going all six innings for the Rams. She finished the game with six runs allowed (five earned) on nine hits.
The Rams will return home for their next action when the team hosts the Claflin Panthers, Wednesday. 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.